Funeral arrangements released for Independence firefighter


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Funeral arrangements have been made for Chad Sappenfield. Sappenfield was an equipment operator and paramedic with the Independence Fire Department for 13 years.

Visitation and funeral services will take place Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave. in Independence. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral will immediately follow. Both the visitation and the funeral are open to the public.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Valor Recovery Program.

Independence Fire Chief Doug Short said Sappenfield took his life at his home over the weekend. Short said Sappenfield served in the Army from 2003 to 2006, and deployed to Iraq during that time. Because of his military service and career as a first responder, Short said Sappenfield suffered from PTSD.

Short and Sappenfield’s family have said they hope his death will help overcome the stigma of seeking healp and treatment for mental health issues.

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