KCFD, Red Cross canvass area after fatal fire

canvassing neighborhood-grp.tif

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
January 16, 2014

Officials with the Kansas City Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross this afternoon to canvass the area near St. John and Topping following a Jan. 4 fire that took the life of 54-year-old Clyde Finley.

In the first time since the fire department has been doing this, members of the victim’s family were on hand as well to help spread the word about the importance of having a working smoke detector in the house.

“We’re still in shock that Clyde didn’t have the smoke detectors working,” said Debbie Finley, a sister of the victim. “That’s not how we grew up.”

Finley’s sister Sheila Hart was also present, as was Finley’s mother, Nancy, who carried a large portrait of her late son as they walked along the streets to distribute fire safety information to residents living within a two-block radius of the fire.

Chief Fire Marshall Floyd Peoples noted one of the most important things to remember is to develop a fire exit strategy from your home.

“EDITH,” short for Exit Drill In The Home, “is one of the most important things you can do to increase your chances of survival in a fire,” Peoples said. “That and a working smoke detector.”

According to Red Cross staffer JoAnn Woody, roughly 600 packets were distributed today, all containing important information on how to get free smoke detectors as well as fire prevention information from the American Red Cross.

“This part of our community outreach after a fire is so important,” said Woody. “It really helps the community to know there’s somewhere that low income residents and senior citizens can go to get free smoke detectors.”

Photos by Michael Bushnell

clyde's family.tif

Pictured above is Clyde Finley’s family. Finley, a Northeast resident, died in a house fire Jan. 4. Although he had two smoke detectors in his home, neither of them contained batteries. Finely’s family helped KCFD and American Red Cross officials canvass the neighborhood to educate residents about the importance of fire safety. Pictured from left to right are: Sheila Hart (sister), Nancy Finley (mother), and Debbie Finley (sister).

front door w neighbor.tif

American Red Cross official JoAnn Woody hands an informational packet to a Northeast resident.

greeting in street.tif

American Red Cross official JoAnn Woody talks to a Northeast resident about fire safety.

staging area.tif

American Red Cross and KCFD officials meet in the Calvary Temple parking lot before canvassing the neighborhood.

talking to neighbor.tif

Comments are closed.

  • Fire destroys pawn shop warehouse

    November 19th, 2014
    by

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Nov. 19, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City Fire Department were called to an […]


    One dead after morning shooting outside City Hall

    November 12th, 2014
    by

    Joe Jarosz Northeast News Nov. 12, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — One man is dead after a early morning shooting […]


    Kessler Bark: Record breaking tree grows in HNE

    November 12th, 2014
    by

      By Joe Jarosz Northeast News November 12, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Northeast is now able to claim […]


    U.S. Navy Blue Angels to stop in Kansas City for preseason visit

    November 11th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News Nov. 11, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The U.S. Navy Blue Angel representatives will visit Kansas City next week […]


    KCMO to host hard to recycle items event on America Recycles Day

    November 10th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News Nov. 10, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Are old televisions, mattresses, bicycles and other items taking up space […]


  • City offices closed Nov. 11, 27 and 28; trash pickup delayed

    November 8th, 2014
    by

    Northeast News Nov. 8, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — City Hall wants you to know there will be a few […]


    Gov. Nixon announces summer jobs program for 1,500 low-income youth in Kansas City area

    November 7th, 2014
    by

    Joe Jarosz Northeast News Nov. 14, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The lesson learned from earning a buck is something […]


    Jackson County gets four new faces for Legislature

    November 5th, 2014
    by

    Joe Jarosz Northeast News Nov. 5, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Jackson County Democrats had nothing to worry about on […]


    Fan rally.

    November 5th, 2014
    by

    By Kirstie Mulligan Northeast News November 5, 2014 James Shields, Billy Butler and Jeremy Guthrie, among others, thanked fans for […]


    Where is the streetcar headed? Update given at NEIA luncheon

    November 5th, 2014
    by

    By Joe Jarosz Northeast News November 5, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – As more tracks get laid, more information becomes […]


  • Local Weather