Kate is currently an educator raising 3 young children. She attributes her desire to obtain her master’s in counselling, a career change for her, as having come from connecting with the NFFF when her husband was honored in October 2021. Having lost her husband to cancer, raising 3 young children through the grieving process, and benefitting from the small group sessions at Memorial Weekend, Kate feels called to help other first responders and their families.
In April 2021, Kate had the honor of helping to get Kansas Senate HB 2063, The Michael Wells Memorial Bill passed. She testified in support of the bill that will now grant firefighters and police officers who die due to a service-related medical disability the same benefit as those who die in the line of duty. Kate coaches her daughter’s volleyball team, volunteers with the youth of her church, and volunteers weekly in her children’s school library.
Battalion Chief Mains says, “Kate is steadfast, determined, servient, compassionate, and optimistic in all that she does. She has a great work ethic and is well grounded. I have full faith and confidence that her qualities prove she is a deserving recipient.”