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    Crash Kills Acting Fire Captain in Missouri

    Crash Kills Acting Fire Captain in Missouri

    JAMES HART
    Kansas City Star via Associated Press

    A Kansas City firefighter died on the way to a call Sunday night after his pumper truck collided with two cars and wrapped itself around a large tree.

    Authorities did not release the dead firefighter's name Sunday night, but he was 57 years old and a 32-year department veteran. Chief Smokey Dyer said he had an

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    Firefighter Dies In Wreck; 4 Others Hurt

    Story by Kansas City One Channel

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own after a pumper truck collided with two cars Sunday evening.

    The Fire Department said acting fire Capt. Gerald K. McGowan, 57, was killed. McGowan was a 30-year veteran, KMBC reported. Authorities said that the fire crew was on their way to a call. They were headed south on Blue Ridge Boulevard when a stopped car turned left just as the fire truck was going around it. Witnesses said the fire truck swerved, bounced off the car and hit a maroon car head-on that was yielding to the sirens.

    "It's just a tragic, unfortunate accident. Nobody intended for this to happen," Sgt. Randy Sims said.

    KMBC's Emily Aylward reported the pumper truck was crushed up against a tree. Some of its speed was broken by a utility pole, which was cut in half.

    "That truck was coming right at me," David Whitington said.

    Whitington said he was standing in his front yard and heard the sirens. He said he missed getting hit by just a few feet, and jumped out of the way. He then went to wreck and tried to help out.

    "This one firefighter was trying and trying to help ... compressing, working on him. But he wasn't getting anywhere," Whitington said.

    McGowan did not make it. Another firefighter was seriously hurt. Aylward reported that two other firefighters in the fire truck went to hospitals as well.

    The driver that was hit head-on suffered critical injuries.

    The investigation into the accident continues.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=39&id=34835

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    Veteran firefighter killed in wreck on way to fire

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A veteran Kansas City firefighter was killed and four others were injured, when a pumper truck collided with two cars and then slammed into a tree while answering a call.

    Acting Captain Gerald McGowan, 57, was normally a fire apparatus operator but was filling in as a captain when he was killed Sunday night. He had served with the department for 32 years and had told his wife he was planning to retire at the end of the year, said Chief Richard Dyer.

    Kansas City police said the accident occurred at about 5:15 p.m. while the firefighters were racing to what turned out to be a minor fire at an apartment complex.

    A car in front of the pumper slowed down to make a left-hand turn into a driveway. The truck struck the car as it tried to drive around the car, but the driver continued to make the turn. Police said the driver was not injured.

    The southbound truck then collided head-on with a northbound car that had stopped on the opposite curb. The crash critically injured the car's driver, Terry Toelliner, 50, and forced the car into a yard. Toelliner's condition Monday was not immediately available.

    The pumper continued to move, cutting a utility pole in half and finally crashing into a tree just in front of a house.

    Three other firefighters were injured in the accident. John Parison, 29, had to be cut out of the wreckage and is in stable condition at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. Leroie Workcuff, 30, and Stanley Williams, 47, were treated and released from St. Joseph Health Center.

    Police Sgt. Randy Sims said the pumper driver was not at fault, calling it a "tragic, unfortunate incident."

    Dyer said McGowan had recently transferred to the station that responded to the call and, of the four men riding on the pumper, he had the most experience. Dyer added that one of McGowan's two sons is also a Kansas City firefighter.

    This was the first fatality for area firefighters since last November, when Kansas City, Kan., fire captain Gary Boyert was killed in a one-car wreck driving to a call. The last Kansas City, Mo., firefighter to die in the line of duty was in 1999, when battalion chief John Tvedten got lost inside a burning building and ran out of air.

    http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansas...9595588.htm?1c

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    KC woman charged in fatal accident

    By CHRISTINE VENDEL The Kansas City Star

    Jackson County prosecutors on Friday charged a 37-year-old woman with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly causing a September traffic accident that killed a firefighter on his way to a fire.

    Prosecutors also charged LaDonna G. Davis of Kansas City with driving while her driver's license was revoked. If convicted, Davis could face up to four years in prison.

    Prosecutors issued a warrant for Davis' arrest. She was not in custody Friday.

    Gerald McGowan, 57, died in the wreck, which occurred just after 5 p.m. Sept. 5.

    Assistant Jackson County Prosecutor Dawn Parsons said the revoked license and Davis' failure to yield to the fire truck were

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    Missouri Firefighters Mourn Fallen Brother

    MARK DAVIS
    Kansas City Star via Associated Press

    Kansas City firefighters spoke about their fallen brother Monday, less than 24 hours after Gerald K. McGowan died in a traffic accident on the way to a fire.

    McGowan, known as

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    "Mac" McGowan, Gerald Kerr

    Age: 57
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Acting Captain
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 09/05/2004
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time: 17:15
    Activity Type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 09/05/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Kansas City Fire Department
    414 E 12th St.
    Kansas City , Missouri 64106
    Chief: Richard 'Smoky' Dyer

    Final Summary:
    Acting Captain McGowan and the members of his engine company were responding to an apartment fire in their first-due area. The company was responding with emergency lights and siren in operation on a 4-lane roadway. Traffic in the right-hand lane stopped to yield for the responding engine, and a car stopped in the left-hand lane. As the engine crossed the center line to go around the stopped traffic, the car in the left-hand lane attempted to execute a left-hand turn. The engine veered to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision, struck the turning vehicle, struck a vehicle parked in the opposing direction of traffic, struck a utility pole, and then struck a large tree. The seating position of Acting Captain McGowan bore the brunt of the collision. Acting Captain McGowan was extricated and transported to a hospital. He was unresponsive when first assessed and never regained heart functions. He was pronounced dead at the hospital as a result of his injuries. The driver of the turning vehicle was operating without a valid driver

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    Funeral Set For Firefighter Killed In Wreck

    Story by Kansas City One Channel

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Funeral arrangements have been set for a firefighter killed in a weekend accident at 81st Terrace and Blue Ridge Road.

    Gerald McGowan (pictured, left) died Sunday when the pumper truck he was riding in slammed into a tree after a car pulled out in front of it.

    Visitation for McGowan will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 7009 Blue Ridge Blvd.

    Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Music Hall at Municipal Auditorium at 201 W. 13th St. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd.

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