Fallen Wamego firefighter to be honored at national memorial next month

(Courtesy: Stewart Funeral Home)
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WAMEGO, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Wamego City firefighter who died in the line of duty will be honored next month during a ceremony at the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

John W. Randle died in January 2018 after falling and striking his head while "returning a fire apparatus to service." The 68-year-old was airlifted from Wamego Health Center to Stormont Vail in Topeka where he passed away a day later.

Randle's name will be added to the memorial at the National Fire Academy, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

He and 91 other firefighters who died in the line of duty last year as well as 27 more who died in previous years will be honored on October 6, during the 38th National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service. More than 5,000 family members, friends, members of Congress, and fellow firefighters are expected to attend.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Dept. of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration sponsor the tribute.