Lieutenant Malachi Abraham Brown, age 32, of the Baxter Springs Fire Department died on November 10, 2021 after suffering burn injuries.
Josh was the son of Daryl Eugene and Lela Faye Schwindt. He was born September 20, 1978, in Boise City, Oklahoma. Josh married the love of his life, Shawn Marie Miller, on July 3, 1999, in Rolla, Kansas. He was a loving husband and loved Shawn dearly. Of all things, Josh’s biggest compassion was his family. He considered a lot of people family, but his children are Karessa, Jordan, Deserae, and Jaxon. He was also blessed to have four grandchildren, Reaghann, Drake, Gracie, and Jameson.
Josh loved living in Rolla, where his family has lived for over 20 years. He always loved helping people in the community with whatever they needed done. He was everyone’s fix-it man. He loved farming. He was a hardworking farmer for Light Farms for many years. During those years he also started volunteering with the Rolla Fire Department.
Josh was the type of guy who wanted to provide for everyone. He always taught his children many things they would need to know, but he made sure they knew how to change a tire and be self-sustainable. Of his many talents, grilling and providing scrumptious meals was on top of the list. He enjoyed cooking at home on the grill and loved cooking while camping. He was always willing to help anyone, which made it hard for his family and the community after his tragic death. On Sunday, August 15, 2021, Firefighter Joshua Schwindt responded to a vehicle rollover accident. While searching for victims, he came in contact with downed power lines and was electrocuted.
“After the tragic loss of my husband in the line of duty, my family has been lost. Josh was such a huge part of everyone’s life; having him gone has made me not know where to even begin to start feeling that void for my kids and grandkids. I know I will never be able to fully do everything that Josh did for our family, but I sure will try. I know that is what he would have wanted.” – Shawn Schwindt
Michael Wells, 39, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away September 14, 2019, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Michael was born September 12, 1980, the son of Rod and Lori (Davis) Wells, the husband of Katie, and the father of Olivia, Johnny, and Caroline.
Michael attended North Kansas City High School and played football as a right guard at the University of Central Missouri, where he studied fire science. He joined the Lenexa Fire Department as a firefighter, an EMT, an inspector, an investigator, and several other specialized positions. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2016.
Michael was united in marriage to Katie Teson on July 6, 2007, and they had three beautiful children that he adored. Being a husband and father was the role he most cherished in his life. Michael was also an avid homebrewer and won awards in 38 different states. Michael was an active member of his parish, St. Therese Catholic Church, and a coach for his son’s youth football team. He volunteered as an instructor of fire safety in elementary schools and was honored as a two-time participant in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Kansas City. He was also honored by the KC Chiefs as the Hometown Hero in 2018.
Michael had wanted to be a firefighter since he was a little boy. As a first responder, he regularly encountered people on the worst days of their lives. Besides giving the necessary aid, he brought a measure of compassion and calm. His large stature belied his gentle nature. He had a true servant’s heart and sought to uplift and protect anyone in need who crossed his path. He was known for his goodness, kindness, and selflessness. He was a friend to all and exemplified how to respect, encourage, and love one another.
Michael was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in October of 2018. Supported and uplifted by his community, he fought fiercely and courageously. His cancer-fighting motto was “Choose the Wrench” to show the physical and mental toughness with which he faced his greatest struggle. Even though he was in great pain and discomfort, he never complained about his suffering. His warm smile, positive attitude, and sense of humor were evident even on his most difficult days.
Michael was taken so early and will forever be our hero. He is greatly missed by his family, friends, and Lenexa Fire Department brothers.
Johnny Ivison Jr., 23, of Leavenworth, Kansas, passed away on November 8, 2020, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while running to a house fire in Easton, Kansas. Johnny was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on January 18, 1997, to Naomi Guilford and Johnny Ivison Sr.
Johnny was raised in the Leavenworth area and attended Leavenworth and Easton High School. Johnny is survived by his loving wife, Tiffanee (Trexler) Ivison; his sons, Timothy and Caleb Ivison; his mother, Naomi Guilford, and stepfather, Earl Guilford; his father, Johnny Ivison Sr., and wife, Jennifer; his brother, Michael Ivison Sr.; sister, Meaghan Ivison; stepbrother, Andrew Snyder; grandparents, Robin Ivison and Sadie and Ron Blockburger; his in-laws, Sandy and Jerry Trexler; sister-in-law, Kristen Hutchens, and brother-in-law, Dustin Trexler; and extended family. Johnny is preceded in death by his uncle, Marvin Biddle; cousin, Joanie Nicks; and grandfather, Charles Ivison. Last Call service was on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
Johnny was studying to become a certified firefighter for the Easton Township Fire Department. Johnny was employed by the State of Kansas working for the road crew. Johnny was always willing to lend a hand and help anybody in need. Johnny and his father got to run on one fire call together in Branson West, Missouri, on October 31, 2020, before he passed. He will always be known as a compassionate man that loved his family, country, and fire department. Johnny’s passion was to go camping, fishing, and ride ATVs.
Johnny passed away doing what he loved and had a burning desire to make his community a better place for all.
On November 21, 1968, a fire was reported at the Yingling Chevrolet Company, located at English and Topeka, around 8:30 pm. Six minutes after responding, several firefighters were trapped when the roof suddenly collapsed, killing Firefighter Dale Mishler. Fire Chief Tom McGaughey, Chief Inspector Merle Wells and Firefighter James Austin were also killed in the collapse.
On November 21, 1968, a fire was reported at the Yingling Chevrolet Company, located at English and Topeka, around 8:30 pm. Six minutes after responding, several firefighters were trapped when the roof suddenly collapsed, killing Firefighter James Austin. Fire Chief Tom McGaughey, Chief Inspector Merle Wells and Firefighter Dale Mishler were also killed in the collapse.
On November 21, 1968, a fire was reported at the Yingling Chevrolet Company, located at English and Topeka, around 8:30 pm. Six minutes after responding, several firefighters were trapped when the roof suddenly collapsed, killing Fire Chief Tom McGaughey, who was celebrating his 36th wedding anniversary. Chief Inspector Merle Wells, Firefighter Dale Mishler, and Firefighter Jimmy Austin were also killed in the collapse.
Firefighter John W. Randle, age 68, of the Wamego City Fire Department, died on January 1, 2018, after falling and striking his head.
George Melvin Robson, from the Lawrence Fire Department, passed away on November 4, 1936, one day after his 35th birthday, after possibly sustaining injuries from a fall on May 17, 1936.
Engineer Robert S. Smith, age 50, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical died after he responded to multiple emergencies on March 21, 2011.