Firefighter John V. Mesh answered his last alarm on October 12, 2015, as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty at a multi-alarm response to a building fire. That night he showed us the true meaning of heroism and strength. He served the Kansas City Fire Department for 13 years.
John was born August 8, 1976, to Michael Joseph and Barbara Mesh. He grew up in the Old Northeast of Kansas City and was the youngest of eight siblings. He loved hunting his entire life and was teaching his four beautiful daughters the same passion as he was taught by his father and brothers.
He began his career with the Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department on July 29, 2002. After several years, he was assigned to Station 10 Pumper 10. He was a man of humble heart, enjoyed his life as a firefighter, and loved his job and his firemen family. His coworkers knew him as a highly intelligent person who was proficient in his job and vigilant when it came to the safety of his crew, though he would never admit to any of those things. John was the guy everyone knew they could depend on, whether that meant help at the station or in the midst of a working fire. He was the guy you wanted to see when you turned around.
When John wasn’t around family or friends, he was quiet and reserved, though it didn’t take long to figure out what kind of person he was. John could be described in many words, such as hardworking, caring, helpful, honorable, and trustworthy. He made an impact on everyone he came in contact with.
John was a loving husband and best friend to Felicia and a protective dad to his daughters, Adriana, Alyssa, Alexandria, and Alicia. He was all about family and proud of his girls. He was active in all of their school and sports events, always there with the camcorder making sure they always had special memories to look back on.
He is greatly missed by his wife and daughters. Sharing our sorrow are his siblings, Michael T. Mesh, Mark A. Mesh, James J. Mesh, Jena Oliver, Christine Kimzey, and Sherri Caponetto. Also, many extended family members, friends, and fellow firefighters. We are proud of him and the sacrifice he made. As we mourn this unexpected loss of John, we realize he is always with us. Our memories and the special bond we had will last us a lifetime.