Community gathers to remember fallen firefighter from Wamego

WAMEGO, Kan. (KSNT) – Family, friends and fellow emergency responders mourned the loss of volunteer Wamego Firefighter John Randle at a funeral service Saturday. Randle fell while putting away equipment at the station after battling a fire Monday.

Around 400 people attended the service at Wamego Middle School. The service honored Randle with pipe and drums music, a Bell Ceremony, Last Call by emergency dispatch and bugle Taps.

Deputy Chief Lyle Markey remembers Randle for his service to others.

“If you needed help, he would be the first to offer and he had a great sense of humor,” Markey said. “He was dedicated to fire service.”

Assistant Chief Tim Flanary knew Randle since 1980 when they worked together at Westar Energy.

“He was a best friend,” Flanary said. “It didn’t matter whether he was building the dunk tank for our fire department auxiliary annual fundraiser during the 4th of July or he was helping me on the hottest day of June this year move, he was there. He was first in, last out.”

Randle worked at the Wamego City Fire Department for 14 years. Flanary said Randle was a jokester who would sometimes leave water bottles in other firefighters boots along with other practical jokes.

“He had a grin from side to side and a laugh that went along with it,” Flanary said.

The burial will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Luka, Kansas where Randle grew up.

 

 

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