Contributions continue in honor of fallen firefighters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Organizers of several charitable drives say that people have continued to give in honor of two Kansas City firefighters who died while battling an October fire.

The Kansas City Star reports people continue to show their support for the families of Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

Thu Hong Nguyen has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the fire.

Bianca Caponetto, Mesh’s niece, designed a T-shirt bearing the firefighters’ names. Caponetto said she thought she would sell 50 shirts, but sold over 3,000 shirts and raised over $50,000 for the families.

The Bright Futures Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a nonprofit organization that supports diocese elementary and high schools, created scholarships in the names of both firefighters.

 

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