According to IAFF Local 42, the firefighters died as a result of injuries suffered during a structural collapse while fighting a three-alarm fire in Kansas City’s Old Northeast district on Monday. Leggio was a 17-year veteran and Mesh was an 11-year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department. Both men are from a family of Kansas City Fire Fighters.
Leggio, 43, leaves a wife, mother and family. Mesh, 39, leaves a wife, four daughters, mother and family. For more information about the fallen firefighters, visit the IAFF Local 42 website.
Two other members of IAFF Local 42, Fire Apparatus Operator Chris Anderson and Firefighter Dan Werner were hospitalized but are expected to be released and make a full recovery.
The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. According to IAFF Local 42, doors will open 60 minutes prior to the start of the services.
To prepare for the memorial service, Grand Boulevard will be closed and Truman Road (north) will be reduced to one lane going west. Residents are advised to follow detours, as posted. Additional details regarding the memorial service will be released as they are finalized.
A fund to support the families of fallen firefighters is available through IAFF Local 42. Tax-deductible donations will be given to the families of firefighters Leggio and Mesh.
Donations may be made by check, payable to IAFF Local 42 and should be sent to 6320 Manchester Ave., Suite 42A; Kansas City, Mo. 64133. Sympathy cards may also be mailed to the same address.