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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-0049

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 07, 2011

City mourns the loss of Firefighter Richard Paul

The City of Kansas City, Mo. wishes to acknowledge the passing of Richard Paul KCFD and expresses its appreciation for his many years of service. Paul, a fire apparatus operator, suffered a medical emergency this morning during his annual KCFD physical. He was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital, where he died.

"I am saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Mr. Paul," said Mayor Funkhouser. "The men and women of the Kansas City Fire Department represent the best the city has to offer its residents and Mr. Paul was an important part of that. I thank him for his service and extend my deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues."

Paul entered the City’s Fire Academy in 1977 and was most recently assigned to P-43, located at 12900 E. 350 Hwy.

Media seeking more information about Richard Paul and the Kansas City, Fire Department should contact Joe Vitale, battalion chief and public information officer for the Kansas City Fire Department, 816-784-9172

Media seeking more information about the City of Kansas City, Missouri should contact Dennis Gagnon, public information officer, 816-513-2659.

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