Mayor: Council to discuss ‘appropriate way’ to honor firefighter at later date
Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers says the city will discuss ways to honor the city’s first firefighter to die in the line of duty in the coming weeks, but he says those talks will wait to give time for grieving to take place.
A City Hall news release said the city and Shawnee Fire Department had received “overwhelming support” from the community and neighboring cities after the death of Firefighter John Glaser.
The release said the city had received numerous requests to take immediate action to honor Glaser.
During last week’s City Council meeting, Council member Michelle Distler said she had received a request to dedicate the Fire Department’s new ladder truck to the memory of Glaser, but Distler said she thought it might be better to dedicate a permanent facility to his memory at sometime in the future so that Glaser would have a permanent memorial.
Last week’s news release quotes Meyers as saying now is not the time to discuss such tributes.
“This week and next week is about helping the Glaser family and the Fire Department and their families deal with the loss of Firefighter Glaser,” Meyers said. “At some point in the not-too-distant future, we will discuss the appropriate way to honor his ultimate sacrifice for this community.”