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Firefighting history on display at Kansas City Museum

Exhibit at Kansas City Museum traces Fire Department's history

Denise Morrison, director of collections for the ​Kansas City ​Museum, ​describes an exhibit ​that ​is a 100-year history of the ​Kansas City Fire ​Department from 1868 to 1968. The exhibit, titled “In the Line of Duty: A history of the Kansas Ci
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Denise Morrison, director of collections for the ​Kansas City ​Museum, ​describes an exhibit ​that ​is a 100-year history of the ​Kansas City Fire ​Department from 1868 to 1968. The exhibit, titled “In the Line of Duty: A history of the Kansas Ci

An exhibit that chronicles the first 100 years of the Kansas City Fire Department is on display at the Kansas City Museum.

“In the Line of Duty: A History of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department” opened Saturday. It features historical objects, archived materials and a restored 1927 fire truck.

Denise Morrison, director of collections for the museum, said the exhibit is a historical account of the department from 1868 to 1968.

The exhibit will be on display until March. It also features — for two weeks only — a memorial to honor fallen Kansas City firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

Michael Bushnell of the Northeast News explains the origin of a memorial to honor fallen Kansas City firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

They died in a building collapse while battling a fire Oct. 12, 2015, in the 2600 block of Independence Boulevard.

The memorial, unveiled Friday, is 42 inches by 42 inches of imported black granite. It is etched with images of the two men, their badges and badge numbers, and a synopsis of what happened the night of the fire.

The Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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