News from Kansas City City Hall

Posted: October 28, 2009 in Kansas City, Kansas City News
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A couple informational items from Kansas City below. A little belated on the second one.

News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

Update on firefighters injured at Oct. 18 fire on city’s east side

City of Kansas City, Mo., firefighters James Baker and Captain Chris Joiner suffered injuries in a fire at a two-story vacant apartment building in the 1600 block of East 31st Street on Oct. 18. The Fire Department responded to the fire at 9:46 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters advanced a hose line to the second floor and initiated a primary search for any occupants. Shortly after entry the order was given to evacuate the structure as conditions began to rapidly deteriorate. Captain Chris Joiner became disoriented and was unable to evacuate the structure on his own. Firefighter James Baker was able to locate and rescue his fellow firefighter from the structure.

Captain Joiner suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to both his body and extremities, while Firefighter Baker suffered burns to his extremities. Both firefighters were transported to the University of Kansas Hospital Burn Center. Firefighter Baker is expected to be released today and it is anticipated that Captain Joiner will remain in the hospital for approximately two weeks.

Captain Joiner is a 19 year veteran of the department while Firefighter Baker has been with the department for 8 years.

For more information, contact Joe Vitale with the Fire Department, at (816) 784-9172.

ClayCoMOPolitics would like to thank the firefighters for their daily willingness to sacrifice their lives for the property and the lives of people they barely know. Truly underappreciated heroes in American society.

News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

City partners for Domestic Violence Awareness Month event

The City of Kansas City, Mo., City Prosecutor’s Office, along with the Kansas City, Mo. Human Rights Commission, Newhouse Shelter, the Rose Brooks Center and Synergy Services, is hosting an event from 5:30-7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Screenland Theatre at the Crossroads, 1656 Washington Ave., in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event will feature the premier of the video, “Your Right. Your Life.” A Dare to Hope Award will be presented to the Human Rights Commission of Kansas City and there will be special recognition of domestic violence survivors. The video is a joint project of the Human Rights Commission and the City Prosecutors’ Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program, and features domestic violence survivors, a reformed abuser, domestic violence advocates and an assistant city prosecutor. The message of the video and public service announcement focuses on an individual’s right to personal safety as a basic human right.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Those interested in attending should contact Angela Clark at or at (816) 513-3926 by Oct. 21.

“Domestic Violence Awareness month is a time to focus our attention on a serious problem in our community,” said Martha Means, assistant city prosecutor. “We want to bring awareness to this problem in an effort to protect those who are affected by domestic violence.”

Special thanks for the event should go to Davis, Bethune & Jones LLC.

For more information, contact Marti Means, City Prosecutor’s Office, at (816) 513-3806.


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