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Fallen firefighters honored with special dedication ceremony where permanent memorial will be unveiled

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two firefighters killed in the line of duty last year will be remembered with a special dedication Friday night at the Kansas City museum.

Two firefighters killed Oct 12, 2015 fighting a fire: Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

Two firefighters killed Oct 12, 2015 fighting a fire: Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

Larry Leggio, 43, and John Mesh, 39, died when a wall collapsed on them as they battled a blaze at an apartment building at Independence Avenue and Prospect. A nail salon owner faces charges of arson and second-degree murder for setting that fire, which spread to other businesses and apartments in the building.

The owner of the  Snyder's neighborhood grocery store, which sits next to where that apartment building stood, donated money for a permanent memorial for the firefighters because people weren't respecting the makeshift memorial.

The design, which Snyder's owners and Northeast News created, has been kept under wraps, but  will be unveiled Friday at the Kansas City Museum and then permanently displayed outside of the store.

The memorial will be made of marble or granite and inscribed. Janelle James said they wanted to create something permanent after she saw people stealing from the makeshift memorial.

The Leggio and Mesh  families held a vigil October 12 to remember the two men exactly one year after they died.