Colleagues, family pay tribute to firefighter
Heavy-hearted firefighters from across the area convened Wednesday evening in Basehor to pay homage to a colleague who tragically lost his life last year in the line of duty.
A year ago, on Dec. 28, 19-year old volunteer firefighter Jared Moore died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 155th Street and Donahoo Road.
On the anniversary of his death, firefighters from Bonner Springs and all departments in Leavenworth County rallied in Basehor for a tribute to Moore and his family.
The remembrance included a procession of fire trucks, a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace," a flyover from a medical helicopter and presentations from several firefighters. Firefighters also read a poem, "Sea of Blue," in Moore's honor and presented his family with a rose and flag from the fire station.
Moore's brothers in arms -- members of the Fairmount Township Fire Department -- coordinated the event.
"This is the tribute we wanted to pay," fire department member Chuck Magaha said. "This is our way to salute Jared and salute the Moores."
Moore's family also took part in a remembrance ceremony for Jared on Wednesday. Friends and family met at 155th Street and Donahoo Road, where they took part in a vigil.
It was there that Moore's civilian vehicle was struck a year ago by a police cruiser driven by a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy. Moore died from injuries received in the accident.
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.
A half-page tribute to Moore, paid for by his family, is on page 5A of today's Sentinel.