October 12 was the deadliest day in KCFD history in the more than 25 years. Larry Leggio and John Mesh, two veteran firemen, died while fighting a fire in a large apartment building when the second floor collapsed.
The two deceased men were not the only causalities during the fire fight – two men were hospitalized and two other were injured from fiery projectiles.
Leggio, the son of a firefighter, leaves behind his wife and mother. Mesh, who also comes from a family of firefighters, is survived by his wife and four daughters.
“It’s devastating,” said Teresa Brown, who lost everything in her second-floor apartment. “My mind’s been concentrating on those firefighters.”
The local neighborhood has shown their support by printing hats with a new logo designed to honor the fallen heroes. They also turned to social media and created a fundraiser to help.
Now people are turning their porch lights red to honor the fallen men.
“We want to show the families that they have a whole community behind them. That they’re not alone in this, and then also just to show everyone else that we appreciate what they do,” said Kelsey Jantsch, a firefighter’s fiancee.
Jantsch wants her community and others around the nation to join her in honoring firefighters by turning their porch light red.