Larry was a 17-year veteran of the Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department. From the time he was a little boy, Larry dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps as a firefighter. His dream became a reality in May of 1998. His career started at station 23 located in Old Northeast, where Larry was born and raised. Larry was passionate in life, and he brought that passion to his beloved fire department.
He loved riding his Harley Davidson and was active in supporting charity and memorial rides. Just one month prior to Larry’s death, he participated in the ride to Colorado Springs in honor of the Fallen Fire Fighter’s Memorial. He and his fellow firefighters made that journey every year. This year they will ride without him, and his family will join them on September 17, 2015, to witness Larry and fellow firefighter and friend, John Mesh, being added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall just one day before his 5th wedding anniversary.
Larry’s other passion was spending time with his family, especially his soul mate, Missy. On his days off, he enjoyed trips to Arkansas for duck hunting and trips to Taneycomo to fish. He will be greatly missed this year and on future vacations to Table Rock Lake with his nieces, nephew, and extended family. Larry and Missy loved to travel to various beaches where they always made new friends. None of these trips will ever be the same without him.
Later in his firefighting career, Larry was promoted to fire apparatus operator and moved to Truck 2, “The Deuce,” in midtown Kansas City. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, friend, and husband. He touched all with his infectious smile and approach to life. Larry was serving with his fellow firefighters on Truck 2 when he was called for his last alarm in Old Northeast.
We will continue to “4LD” (LIVE LIFE LIKE LARRY DID).