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    Volunteer Firefighter Killed on Way to Accident Scene

    Volunteer Firefighter Killed on Way to Accident Scene

    The Highway Patrol says a volunteer firefighter was killed on his way to the scene of an accident when his car collided with a deputy's cruiser.

    The crash happened early Wednesday near the Leavenworth County town of Basehor. Authorities are looking at whether low-lying fog was partly to blame.

    Nineteen-year-old Jared Moore was a volunteer with the Fairmount Township Fire Department.

    The patrol says Moore was driving his own vehicle to the scene of a rollover accident when he slowed to make a left turn. A sheriff's deputy on his way to the scene hit Moore's car from behind.

    The patrol's report says Moore wasn't wearing a seat belt.

    Leavenworth County Sheriff Herb Nye says the deputy was treated at a hospital and will probably return to duty in a few days.

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    Firefighter killed in vehicle accident while responding to wreck

    Wreck that officials were headed to involved 17-year-old Basehor teen-ager

    By Lisa Scheller, News Editor
    Shawn Linenberger, Reporter

    Wednesday, December 29, 2004

    Both vehicles were on their way to an accident on Donahoo Road, said Chuck Magaha, who is the county's director of emergency preparedness and a Fairmount Township firefighter.

    The accident they were responding to occurred at 11:57 p.m. Tuesday. Rachel L. Miller, 17, Basehor, was driving east in the 15800 block of Donahoo when she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered a ditch and rolled over numerous times before coming to a rest on its wheel. Miller was ejected from the vehicle and taken by air ambulance to the University of Kansas Hospital. On Wednesday, officials at the hospital could not release Miller's condition.

    According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, both vehicles involved in the fatality were driving north on 155th Street. Just after midnight, the 1994 Dodge Shadow driven by Moore had slowed and was attempting to turn left onto Donahoo Road when the sheriff's car, driven by Deputy Robert Peterman Jr., struck Moore's car from behind. Magaha said Moore, who was unconscious at the scene, later died at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. According to the accident report, Moore's seatbelt was not fastened.

    Peterman, who had been wearing his seatbelt, was taken to Cushing Memorial Hospital.

    Magaha said Moore had started on the department in August.

    "He was a real good firefighter," Magaha said. "He was real ambitions and very eager to learn. He was wanting to seek it as a career opportunity."

    Magaha said the last time a Fairmount Township firefighter died while responding to a call was in August 1975.

    "Barney Eberth was trying to hop a ride on a fire apparatus as it was going by," Magaha said. "He slipped off and was run over."

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    Officer Cleared In Deadly Crash

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. -- "Not Guilty." That was the verdict for a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy who crashed into and killed a volunteer firefighter on the way to a call.

    It took jurors under two hours to clear Robert Peterman, Jr. on Thursday.

    He crashed into firefigher Jared Moore last December as they were both trying to respond to the same wreck.

    Moore died in the crash that defense attorneys successfully argued couldn't be avoided.

    Peterman's attorney, KiAnn McBratney, said, "Jared didn't make an illegal turn, but he failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. My client couldn't avoid it."

    Jared's Mom, Marlene Moore, told KCTV5 News, "I'm extremely upset. Someone gets a year in jail for killing a neighbor's dog. And yet this arrogant, self-righteous, so-called police officer can run over and take my son's life and gets off scott free with no punishment."

    The legal action surrounding this case is not over. Jared Moore's family said they were considering a civil lawsuit.

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    Honoring a fallen brother

    By Joshua Roberts, staff writer

    Wednesday, January 5, 2005

    When I am called to duty God,
    Wherever flames may rage.
    Give me strength to save some life,
    Whatever be its age.
    Help me embrace a little child,
    Before it is too late.

    -- Excerpt from "A Fireman's Prayer"

    These words, rooted in the very beliefs of the late Jared Moore, may well have been on his mind as he rushed to the scene of an injury accident last week just north of Basehor.

    Friends and family of Moore, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter, said he renewed a relationship with God late in his young life and in God's name dedicated himself to the service of helping others.

    Tragically, it was a career that was all too brief, a life taken away far too soon.

    Moore, a probationary firefighter for Fairmount Township Fire Department, died early last Wednesday morning from injuries he received in a two-vehicle accident at 155th Street and Donahoo Road just north of Basehor. He was buried Saturday in his native Harrison, Ark., but approximately 500 people attended a memorial service Monday afternoon at Savior of the World in Kansas City, Kan.

    Moore was the first Fairmount Township firefighter in nearly 30 years to be killed in the line of duty.

    Mike Criswell, a pastor from Moore's Church of Christ, said the young man so full of life came forward during a recent service and told the congregation he wanted to rededicate his life to the Lord. Moore, Criswell said, placed God and helping others above all else.

    "I believe this point in his life was a turning point," Criswell said. He added "I think Jared was finding his purpose in serving others, in volunteering. That spoke volumes to me.

    "How many 19-year-olds volunteer for anything these days? Here's a young man ... that volunteered his life."

    Criswell's eloquent words were designed to offer solace to the hundreds of friends and family and the dozens of fellow firefighters, law enforcement officers and public servants from across the state who attended the local service.

    Moore, Criswell said, "is in the arms of the Lord," and in this dark hour "maybe there's an odd sort of comfort in that."

    A statement, penned by Moore's mother, Marlene Moore of Basehor, and read to the heavy-hearted crowd Monday, shed light on who her son was and how he lived his life. Jared, the middle child of Marlene and Patrick Richard Moore, was the couple's "wild child, our risk taker," his mother's statement said.

    In a way only a mother and father can appreciate, the couple's son found mischief alluring. Whether it be flushing keys down a toilet or jumping off cliffs at night, Jared gleefully boasted about his misdemeanors in a way that was more "see, look what I did," than a sorrowful admission of guilt.

    He lived with a zest for life and his parents could smile because their son, while mischievous, showed a kind heart toward others. "He was kind to everyone," and "nice to kids that were picked on," his mother's statement said, and above all else, Jared stood up for "what he believes is right."

    Part of those beliefs included the tremendous calling Moore felt about becoming a firefighter. A photograph displayed Monday showed a smiling Moore, then a fourth-grader, posing proudly while wearing a toy firefighter helmet.

    His mother said her son told her "it would be the coolest thing in the world if I could get paid for being a firefighter."

    His fellow firefighters from Fairmount Township said Moore, a probationer since August who wouldn't have become a full-fledged firefighter for another two years, died as a colleague.

    "Not only have we lost a firefighter, we've lost a brother ... a friend," said Jeff Theno, Fairmount fire chief.

    "All he ever wanted to do was be a fireman. Jared, you are a fireman."

    Gaylyn Gorup, a Fairmount Township captain and training officer, recalled his first meeting with Moore. As training officer, Gorup's job is to weed out pretenders. It's the training officer's job to tell prospects about the "things he would see, the nights he wouldn't be able to sleep," he said.

    None of it could shake Moore's resolve to serve, Gorup said. "I knew in my heart I wanted him to be a firefighter," he told the crowd at Monday's service.

    "I was there when he joined the fire department and I was there when he gave his ultimate sacrifice," Gorup said. "Jared's life will not be lost in vain."

    Richard Nemchik, fire department chaplain, said Moore is someone who will not soon be forgotten. After only a brief, first meeting, Nemchik said he was struck by the happiness Moore exhibited.

    "I never met a person who loved life as much as he did," Nemchik said. "He always had a smile on his face. When I first met the guy, I thought he had a condition or something. ... He was always just so positive and happy."

    There is no greater love man can show than for his fellow man, Nemchik said, and "on Dec. 29, Jared Moore gave it all."

    The service Monday included a posting and retiring of the colors by the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department honor guard, a moving video tribute, a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace," a flag and helmet presentation and a final alarm.

    A former resident of Harrison, Ark., and Louisburg, he had lived in Basehor for the past four years. He worked at Mazzio's Restaurant in Bonner Springs throughout high school, had been working construction and was to start a new job at FedEx this week.

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    Moore, Jared Michael

    Age: 19
    Cause of Death: Vehicle Collision
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 12/29/2004
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time: 00:03
    Activity Type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
    Death Date: 12/29/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Fairmount Township Fire Department
    2620 N. 155th Street
    PO Box 406
    Basehor , Kansas 66007
    Chief: Jeff Theno

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Moore was responding in his personal vehicle to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover motor vehicle crash. The emergency flashers on Firefighter Moore's vehicle were in operation. Firefighter Moore slowed to begin a left-hand turn onto the road where the incident was located and was struck from behind by a sheriff's cruiser responding to the same incident. Firefighter Moore was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from his vehicle. Firefighter Moore was unconscious at the scene and was flown by medical helicopter to a regional hospital. He was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. The deputy sheriff driving the cruiser that struck Firefighter Moore's vehicle was charged with vehicular homicide. A law enforcement traffic investigation placed the cruiser's estimated speed at between 84 and 87 miles per hour at the time of the crash. According to news account, the deputy was confused as to the location of the original crash and was in the process of passing Firefighter Moore.

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