Family plans vigil to mark anniversary of firefighter’s death
The one-year anniversary of a local firefighter's death is fast approaching, and family, friends and colleagues of the young man are set to mark the occasion by paying their respects.
Jared Moore, a 19-year-old Fairmount Township Fire Department volunteer, was killed Dec. 28, 2004, in a two-vehicle accident at 155th Street and Donahoo Road. Moore was heading to a nearby traffic accident when a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy -- who also was heading to the traffic accident -- struck Moore's private vehicle and fatally injured the firefighter.
This week, Richard and Marlene Moore, of Basehor, announced they would commemorate the one-year anniversary by hosting a vigil at the intersection where their son lost his life.
The memorial will begin at 11 p.m. Dec. 28 and will conclude sometime after midnight -- roughly the same time Jared Moore died.
The family has sent out invitations to friends and family, and they expect colleagues from the fire department will attend as well. Community members may also come.
"All are welcome," Marlene Moore said.
While the vigil will last for only an hour or so, Jared's family is seeing to it that a permanent tribute to him will stand at the intersection for years to come.
A stainless steel sign -- emblazoned with a likeness of Jared on a motorcycle and decorated with a poem written in his honor -- soon will be added to the northwest corner of the intersection.
The poem, written by Jared Moore's cousin, 11-year-old Kourtnie Trowbridge of St. Louis, reads: "Jared, we miss you ... Jared was fearless and loved to laugh ... He would try almost anything ... Jared loved motorcycles ... He drove them really fast ... Jared was a fireman ... Jared is gone ... But yet he lives on ... Jared we miss you."
It is unlikely that the memorial sign will be completed in time for the vigil, family members said, but they have secured permission from landowners to place the memorial sign on the property.
Moore also was honored posthumously in late October during the Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial weekend in Emmittsburg, Md. The memorial weekend paid tribute to firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty the previous year.