KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two firefighters who had helped save two people from a burning building on Monday night died in the line of duty. They suffered critical injuries when the building on fire collapsed, and were among four firefighters who suffered injuries.
Word of the fatal fire spread fast on social media, with many offering condolences to the Kansas City, Mo. Fire Department, some using the Twitter hashtag: #WeStandTogether.
“What is good for their families to remember is that they did not die in vain, they saved two civilians, carried them out of the second floor on ladders before the wall collapsed," KCFD Chief Paul Berardi said. "It's a tragic situation here. I know Kansas City and I know Kansas Citians' hearts go out to the fire department at this time, and I know people will be offering help."
Fire protection and law enforcement agencies from near and far offered their support through Twitter on Monday night:
— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 13, 2015
Thinking about the Kansas City @KCMOFireDept as they grieve the loss of 2 firefighters killed in a collapse tonight.
— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) October 13, 2015
Please know @KCMOFireDept that you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers tonight.
— Olathe Fire Dept. (@OlatheFire) October 13, 2015
— Mayor Sly James (@MayorSlyJames) October 13, 2015
Hearts are heavy tonight as our thoughts and prayers are with the @KCMOFireDept and families of the fallen.
— Lenexa Fire Dept. (@LenexaFire) October 13, 2015
RIP KCFD Brothers, prayers with you all #WeStandTogether
— Warrensburg FD (@WBG_FIRE_OEM) October 13, 2015
— CF Fire (@CFfirefighters) October 13, 2015
— LPFFA (@LPFFA) October 13, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to our brothers in Kansas City. https://t.co/pCLYI3d5yL
— WichitaFireDept (@WichitaFireDept) October 13, 2015