“Firefighters risk their lives each time they report to work,” Sebelius said. “It’s the job of this committee to ensure those who have lost their lives in the line of duty are honored appropriately. We can never repay their sacrifice, but we can do our best to honor their service.”
Bob Pape, Merriam, has served as the fire marshal at the Merriam Fire Department for more than thirty years. He attended the University of Kansas for both his bachelor’s degree in personnel administration and master’s degree in public administration. He is active in numerous professional organizations such as the Kansas State Fire Chief’s Association and the Kansas International Association of Arson Investigators. Pape has been appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor.
The Kansas Firefighters Memorial Advisory Committee advises the Secretary of Administration and the Director of Facilities Management concerning the planned memorial to Kansas firefighters on the grounds of the state capitol. The committee also makes recommendations to the governor and legislature regarding the recognition of firefighters in Kansas.