Submitted by his Chief
William (Bill) Riley was a member of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department for 25 years. His career began November 15‚ 1977. He was promoted to fire apparatus operator in July of 1988; Captain in January 1992 and Division Chief in January 2001.
During his tenure with the KCFD‚ Bill worked as the department’s fleet manager managing some 70 apparatus and vehicles. The position was one of the most difficult jobs at that time due to the condition of fleet. Bill worked diligently building relationships with fleet maintenance and the firefighters.
Bill received the firefighter of the year award in 1995 presented by the Optimist Club for outstanding work in the community. In 1996‚ Bill was presented with a letter of appreciation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his willingness to volunteer within the community. Bill retired from the KCFD in December 2002.
In August 2003‚ Bill joined the Liberty Fire Department as the Deputy Chief / EMS Director. In the short time Bill worked for the City of Liberty he managed to implement some significant changes. Most notable was the outsourcing of EMS billing which resulted in a $600‚000 increase in revenue to the City of Liberty.
Bill was respected by all. Bill was a Godly man whose spirit-filled demeanor brought peace‚ joy and happiness to those around him. Bill leaves behind his wife Vicki and son Landon.