KANSAS CITY, Ks - A fallen KCK police detective dedicated his life to Kansas City. Friday night, one metro firefighter recognized that dedication while honoring the camaraderie the two men shared.
Firefighter Robby Allen is making shirts in honor of fallen Detective Brad Lancaster, killed in the line of duty. Allen worked the same shift as Det. Lancaster. They’d respond to calls together, but one afternoon a call came over the speaker no one will ever forget.
“It actually happened on our shift. I was at the fire station,” Allen recalled.
The speaker sounded. A Kansas City officer had been shot. Allen wasn’t called out to the scene, but his best friends were. The firefighters rode in the ambulance with Det. Lancaster as he was fighting for his life.
“The whole time he was in the back of that ambulance he was saying tell my kids... tell my girls... tell my wife I love them,” Allen said.
Allen says the firefighters tried to stay positive, telling him he was going to make it, but he died a short time later.
“They did the best they could. It was unfortunate,” he said.
Allen says ever since, life has been hard for both firefighters and police officers as they remember their fallen brother.
“I knew I could trust him. I could trust him if we ever got in trouble,” the firefighter said.
Allen says Det. Lancaster always had his back, so now he’s returning the favor in an effort to take care of Det. Lancaster’s family.
“It says we stand together,” Allen explained.
Allen and his girlfriend Jamie Hicks created a T-shirt design a few days ago, already they’ve sold close to 200.
“We have his badge number,” Allen described.
Every dime raised, goes directly to Det. Lancaster’s wife and two daughters. Allen got to show Det. Lancaster’s wife Jamie the shirt on Thursday.
“We had a moment. She cried, I got a little teary eyed, it was nice,” Allen said.
Allen hopes the T-shirts will help cover short-term costs for the Lancaster family but says this will only be the beginning: they’ll never stop helping.
“If they need anything, they can call any of us 24/7,” he said.
The KCK fire department also held a boot block last weekend and raised $70,000 for the Lancaster family. Allen is ordering more shirts because of the high demand. If you’re interested in purchasing one, visit this link.