The Royals, Sporting Kansas City and almost 200 local restaurants have shown their support for the firefighters who died and were injured in the line of duty Oct. 11.
Veteran Firefighters Larry Leggio and John V. Mesh lost their lives after saving two citizens from the fire. The other two firefighters hurt were both taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.
Shortly after the tragic news was delivered, a devastated community and local sports teams rallied together to show their growing support for the families of the fallen firefighters and the Kansas City Fire Department.
The Kansas City Royals hosted a special presentation in honor of the fallen firefighters prior to the start of Game 5 of the American League Division Series that was scheduled the day after this tragic event. During the presentation, dozens of firefighters and policemen joined together in the ballpark for a moment of silence, alongside with select players and Manager Ned Yost, who wore official KCFD caps and shirts to honor the fallen heroes.
Additionally, the Royals Charity’s 50/50 Raffle raised over $100,000 with half of the earnings going to one lucky winner and the other half was donated to the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (SAFE), administered by the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, as well as the local Firefighter’s Union IAFF 42 fund for the family.
Sporting Kansas City wore specially designed Kansas City Fire Department shirts with the hashtag #WeStandWithKCFD for the team line-up before kicking off their match against the San Jose Earthquakes (Oct. 16), to honor the fallen heroes. Last week, the shirts worn and signed by the players went up for auction with all proceeds going to benefit the families.
The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and the Kansas City Originals brought area restaurants together to raise funds for the families of these fallen heroes. On Oct. 17, almost 200 Kansas City restaurants donated 10 percent of their proceeds to support the fallen firefighters.
If you would like to make a donation to the IAFF Local 42, checks can be mailed to 6320 Manchester Ave., Suite 42A; Kansas City, Mo. 64133 or click the “donate” button on their website: iaff42.org.