WAMEGO, Kan. (KSNT) – A Wamego firefighter has died after suffering serious injuries from a fall.
According to the Wamego Fire Department, John Randle and the Wamego Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 4:50 a.m. on Monday. After the fire was put out, he was severely hurt from a fall while “returning a fire apparatus to service.” When he fell, he hit his head.
He was transported by Pottawatomie county EMS to the Wamego Health Center helipad. It was there he was airlifted to Stormont Vail Hospital. He died Tuesday.
The City of Wamego Fire Department Facebook page changed its profile picture to an “End of Watch Badge.” It’s a traditional symbol to resemble their last radio call to honor Randle’s service.
The Blue Township Fire Department said Wednesday that Blue Township Rescue 1 and four firefighters were en route to Wamego to cover the city’s calls and allow their department time to grieve their loss and remember Randle.
Blue Township Fire also tweeted out their condolences to Randle’s famiy and WFD. Their post on Twitter said, “We are absolutely heartbroken by this news of a Line of Duty Death following a fire that we had worked alongside Wamego FD.”