Star reporters discuss their investigation into firefighter fatalities
Over the last two decades, hundreds of firefighters were killed and tens of thousands injured in incidents that bore a grim connection: They had happened before in almost exactly the same ways. Nationwide, in tragedy after tragedy, firefighters pa
Grieving survivors and others raise questions about the deaths of firefighters killed at structure fires across the country. A Kansas City Star investigation found that many fatalities could have been prevented.
Ron Siarnick, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation says among firefighting organizations, there is a fine line between an aggressive firefighting community and a risk-taking community.
Jeff Cool survived falling from the fourth floor of a Bronx tenement that he and fellow firefighters had to escape when the fire they were fighting became too intense. The New York City fire department had stopped issuing safety ropes because they
Jenny Wilson is the widow of Dallas Fire-Rescue Department firefighter Stan Wilson. Wilson died when the ceiling inside an apartment complex collapsed on him while fighting a fire there. Authorities determined that a contributing cause to Wilson's
Dallas firefighter Greg Wright says his department’s focus on safety sharpened after a friend died on the job 31/2 years ago. Federal and state investigators criticized the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department for lax attention to safety.
Dianne Little is the widow of Waycross, Ga. firefighter Jeff Little who died fighting a fire inside a vacant and condemned house. Dianne Little has filed a lawsuit alleging that her husband's fire chief David Eddins ordered firefighters inside t
Sean Simmons is the attorney for Dianne Little whose husband, Waycross, Ga. firefighter Jeff Little, died while fighting a fire in vacant and condemned house. Dianne Little has filed a lawsuit alleging that her husband's fire chief David Eddins or
In a conversation with The Kansas City Star, Bonnie speaks about a divorce lawyer who sexually assaulted her in 1975. At the time, she didn't report the crime — but she shared her story with anyone she thought knew him or knew of him.
In a conversation with The Kansas City Star, Kimmy talks about two nights that "profoundly impacted (her) life." She says it's scary to talk about sexual assault, but it's important to share stories in an effort to create change.