The man killed Thursday in a Kansas City, Kan., traffic crash was identified Friday as 68-year-old Paul W. Scott, a Johnson County firefighter who was a captain when he retired.
Scott, a Tonganoxie resident, was stopped in traffic at Parallel Parkway and Kansas 7 when another vehicle crashed into the back of his SUV, according to Kansas City, Kan., police.
Scott’s vehicle was pushed into the rear of a box truck that was stopped in front of his vehicle.
The crash remains under investigation.
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Scott served 29 years with Johnson County Consolidated Fire District 2 before he retired in 1998.
“He was a great guy,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Scott.
After retirement, Paul Scott drove a truck for a concrete company for many years. He was also an avid tournament softball player, according to Jeff Scott, who is not related.
The fire district, which covers the northern part of Johnson County, issued a written release in which Paul Scott was described as an “outstanding firefighter, officer and mentor.”
“He was the kind of officer one should aspire to be,” the release said, “confident, knowledgeable, personable and respected.”