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    Overland Park, Kansas Firefighter Dies in Sleep

    Overland Park, Kansas Firefighter Dies in Sleep

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    OVERLAND PARK Fire Department Press Release: Firefighter/EMT Mark Mansfield, 30, passed away in his sleep while on duty early this morning.

    Mark and the crew at Overland Park Fire Station #1 (7550 W. 75th Street) were sleeping in the station bunkroom and were awakened at approximately 5:50 a.m. to respond to an EMS call for an injured subject from a fall. Station One crew members attempted to wake Mark, who was still in his bunk, and found that he was not breathing and had no pulse. Crews at the station, which included paramedics, immediately established advanced life support efforts with the assistance of paramedics from Johnson County Med-Act who were also summoned to assist. Overland Park Police officers also responded immediately and assisted in the resuscitation efforts.

    Mark was transported to Shawnee Mission Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead in the emergency department. An autopsy is being performed this morning at KUMC to determine the cause of death.

    Mark was a young and healthy individual, who appeared to be in very good physical shape. Mark's crewmembers stated that he had no complaints prior to the crew retiring to bed for the evening.

    Mark's father, Richard Mansfield, who passed away just two years ago, was an active member of the fire service and served as a volunteer with the Shawnee Fire Department for many years. Mark grew up around the fire service and started his career with the Overland Park Fire Department at the age of 15 as a member of the Explorer Scout program. He then became a Volunteer Firefighter with Overland Park in May of 1991, and a full time employee in September of 1992. Mark was dedicated to public service and also worked part-time as a Police Officer for the Roeland Park Police Department and had been a part-time Police Officer with the Paola, Kansas Police Department prior to that.

    Mark was a bachelor, and is survived by his mother, a brother, and two sisters.

    Funeral Services:

    Funeral arrangements for Mark Mansfield are as follows: Visitation: St. Joseph Catholic Church (11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS) on Wednesday April 10, from 1700-2000. Services conducted by Father Gary Pennings.

    Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church (11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS) on Thursday April, 11, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a processional (11:00 a.m.) and burial at Resurrection Cemetery at 83rd and Quivira.

    Following burial services, a reception will be held at The Overland Park Fire Department Fire Training Center (12401 Hemlock, Overland Park, KS) at 12:30 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, the Mansfield family has requested contributions to either the Overland Park Fire Explores Scout Post, c/o Overland Park Fire Department 9550 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212-5062. Also, contributions may be sent to the Roeland Park, KS or Paola, KS Police Explorer Scout Posts or the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

    All fire departments wishing to provide apparatus for the processional (please limit to 1 vehicle) or to send color guard contingency, please contact the OPFD Administration at 913-888-6066.

    All Police Departments wishing to provide cars for the processional or color guard contingencies, please contact Chief Frank Denning, Roeland Park Police Department at 913-677-3363.

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    Mansfield, Mark D

    Age: 30
    Rank: Firefighter/EMT
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 04/06/2002
    Incident Time: 05:50
    Death Date: 04/06/2002

    Cause of Death:
    Nature of Death:
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Other
    Activity Type: Station Activity
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Overland Park Fire Department
    9550 W 95th St
    Overland Park, Kansas 66212
    Chief: Dennis Meyers

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Mansfield was found dead from a cause still to determined in his bunk at the fire station.

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