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    KCK Veteran Firefighter Dies In Crash On Way To False Alarm

    Authorities Search For 911 Caller After Fire Captain's Death
    KCK Veteran Firefighter Dies In Crash On Way To False Alarm

    Story by Kansas City One Channel

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police have launched a criminal investigation into the false-alarm call that fire Capt. Gary Boyert was responding to when his vehicle crashed Monday evening on rain-slickened streets. Boyert died as a result of his injuries.

    The crash happened near 18th and Shearer Road. Boyert's fire rescue vehicle overturned and struck a utility pole and fire hydrant.

    Boyert, 53, was rushed to a hospital, but later died.

    "Firefighters are one big family. You might just think about if this happened in your immediate family, how you'd feel, and this is exactly how they feel right now," said Unified Government spokesman Don Denney, who was at the scene of the crash.

    Officials said that the vehicle was on its way to a general alarm call in the 2400 block of Merriam Lane when the crash occurred. That 911 call turned out to be a false alarm. The caller told the 911 operator that she had been in the area of the 2400 block of Merriam and believed a fire was starting there. Police said they were looking for the woman who made the call at about 9:43 p.m.

    The person who made the detailed 911 call could be charged with involuntary manslaughter, KMBC reported. However, police said they only wanted to speak to the caller -- who is not being considered a suspect -- to determine the circumstances that led up to the call.

    Police said that weather was a contributing factor in the crash because of wet roads and light fog in the area at the time of the accident. Investigators said that Boyert was wearing his seat belt and had his emergency equipment activated.

    "When you're working on one of your own -- your family -- it has a particularly devastating toll emotionally and can manifest itself physically also," said Chief Tom DeKeyser, who attended high school with Boyert. DeKeyser said he saw his old friend just hours before the crash.

    "It was in the rain, and he was coming in. He was hustling, getting air bottles out of his car, and the rain's coming down, and he just smiled and says, 'It's a great day.' And he made it a great day."

    Boyert was a 29-year veteran of the Fire Department. He leaves behind a wife and two grown children.

    Boyert is the 18th Kansas City, Kan., firefighter to die in the line of duty.

    Anyone with information about the incident should call Kansas City, Kan., police at (913) 573-6030 or (913) 596-3000.


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    A Visitation is being held on Friday, Nov. 21, 2003 from 5-8 p.m.
    A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 9 a.m.

    Both will be held at the Turner Middle School Auditorium, 1312 S. 55th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66106

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    Woman Who Made 911 Fire Call Contacts Police
    Fire Captain Dies While Responding To Call

    POSTED: 2:11 p.m. CST November 19, 2003
    UPDATED: 6:54 p.m. CST November 19, 2003


    Story by Kansas City One Channel

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The woman who called 911 and reported what she thought was a fire at a business Monday night is now talking with police. A fire captain died while responding to the call, which turned out to be a false alarm.

    Dena Moore (pictured, left) was driving to a nearby convenience store when she saw flashes of light and heard breaking glass. She made the call, thinking what she had seen was the start of a fire.

    Fire Capt. Gary Boyert, 53, was responding to the call when his vehicle crashed on rain-slickened roads near 18th Street and Shearer Road. He died later at a hospital.

    Authorities did not find a fire at Theme Party Warehouse, the business in the 2400 block of Merriam Lane where Moore saw the disturbance. On Wednesday, detectives said Moore's description fit in with an electrical short in some lights under an awning at the business, KMBC's Peggy Breit reported.

    Police said Moore is not considered a suspect. Moore told KMBC that she feels terrible about what happened.

    "My prayers go out to them. I know what it's like to lose a family member, and I'll be praying for them tonight," she said.

    Boyert was a 29-year veteran of the Fire Department. Police said that weather was a contributing factor in the crash because of wet roads and light fog in the area at the time of the accident. Investigators said that Boyert was wearing his seat belt and had his emergency equipment activated.

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    Boyert, Gary

    Age: 53
    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Rank: Captain
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 11/17/2003
    Duty Type: Responding/Returning from Alarm
    Incident Time: 21:45
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 11/17/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Kansas City Kansas Fire Department
    815 N 6th St.
    Kansas City , Kansas 66101
    Chief: Tom DeKeyser

    Initial Summary:
    Captain Boyert was responding to what turned out to be a false reporting of a fire when his fire department vehicle crashed on rain-slickened streets and struck a utility pole. Boyert was transported to the hospital but died from injuries received.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    C/o Kansas City Kansas Fire Department, 815 N 6th St., Kansas City, KS 66101


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