Today we are creating history, a legacy of honor, remembrance, service, and touching the lives of many. The Kansas Firefighters Museum has a collective mission to honor its Kansas firefighters at the official Kansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Plaza, preserve and share the firefighting history of our state, help children through Coats For Kids, and provide a free annual Fire Camp for teens with the help of local emergency agencies and organizations…but we won’t stop there. This year, an additional goal is to provide decontamination wipes for firefighters to have when responding to fires in an effort to help prevent dangerous cancers caused by toxins our Kansas firefighters are exposed to. Last year, we invited firefighters to make special dedications to fallen firefighters from their community in our calendar. We are the only calendar of its kind in the world that honors its fallen firefighters in this way. Little did we know that this year we would lose one of our very own, Chief Mike Corn. He was a great leader, firefighter, training officer, teacher, life saver…..but most of all, our close friend. Not ready to let him go, we wanted to learn more from him, laugh with him, and serve with him. He embraced the missions we carry out and even this calendar could not have existed without support like his. For reasons we will never understand, fate took him from us on a day that we did get blessed with serving with him as we planned for Fire Camp, cheered on Xavier (our first military firefighter) for trying out for the calendar, laughed together, shook hands and hugged not knowing that just hours later he would leave us taking his last breath as he was responding to his very last call. If we could speak to you now, Mike: We will pass on your legacy. For your legacy is in us because you taught us well, set the bar high, embraced us, picked us up when we fell and even gave us a swift kick when we needed it. We will miss you beyond words until we meet again, good friend! The Kansas Firefighters Museum invites you to take a moment to remember the fallen firefighters in our state and wishes to thank you for joining us in our mission.
Little did we know the impact we would make as we started to identify and connect with kids across the state through firefighters as they ran calls, or agencies like Big Brothers & Sisters across Kansas and even local teachers and churches who have helped us identify kids in need along the way. Not only do firefighters get to enjoy the gift of giving kids coats, scarves, hats and gloves, but they also brighten the day of families in ways they never imagined.
Once kids are identified, they are invited along with their parents to a special day to receive their winter wear with a personal “shopping buddy-firefighter”. We provide hot chocolate, coffee, breakfast, and families enjoy games and amazing fire trucks on display.
For those unable to bring their kids, we have firefighters who personally deliver coats. Additional families who benefit are those who are fire victims.
With the help of proceeds from calendar sales and a partnership with local fire departments we purchase coats and provide winter wear to over 500 children every year. We are expecting the need to grow this coming year with the large number of families affected by layoffs and downsizing of many businesses.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
The Kansas Firefighters Museum in partnership with 104.5 The Fox, FireHouse Subs (Wichita locations), Sedgwick County Fire Department, RiverWalk Church Of Christ, and Wichita Fire Department invite the public to donate a new winter item (hat, gloves, scarf, or coat) for a child in need. We identify children through various groups like firefighters, police officers, social workers, and various community support organizations.
What: Coats For Kids Drive
When: First weekend of November to last weekend of November
New Winter Item Donation Drop Off points:
Kansas Firefighters Museum 1300 S. Broadway
FireHouse Subs – 8007 E. Kellogg Dr #18, Wichita & 2755 N Maize Rd #111, Wichita
Sedgwick County Fire Stations
RiverWalk Church Of Christ – 225 N. Waco, Wichita
Wichita Fire Station
You can also help put a coat on a kid by purchasing a calendar!
If you have a heart of a servant and love reaching out to our community, Kansas kids, help us make a difference in our state, showing ….
THE STRENGH OF KANSAS with our KANSAS FIREFIGHTER CALENDAR TEAM!
Calendars may be purchased online or at: