Archive for July, 2016

Press Release for Captain Mike Schultz – Funeral – LODD

July 29, 2016



Press Release Information.

Funeral for Captain Michael L. Schultz

Chapel Oaks Funeral Home
100 Apache Dr.
Hoyt, KS 66440
Date: July 31, 2016 – Sunday
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Northland Christian Church
3102 NW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66617
Date: August 1, 2016 – Monday
Time: 10:30am
Procession immediately following to Mayetta Cemetery at 142nd and Q rd

Departments wanting to send Honor Guards should contact Ritchie Ramos at 785-845-0055. Departments wishing to send apparatus should contact Ron Ewing at 620-366-5399.


Michael L. “Mike” Schultz 47, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from injuries he received while in the line of duty with Hoyt Rural Fire District No. 3.

He was born November 21, 1968 at Rockford, IL., the son of Robert L. and Mary Campbell Schultz. Mike grew up in Winnebago, IL., and graduated from Winnebago High School in 1987. He attended Rock Valley Community College.

Mike lived in the Hoyt community many years. He was a milk truck driver for
S&K Inc. Hoyt. He had worked for Waste Management for the past 23 years. Mike was a Captain with Hoyt Rural Fire District No. 3 and had nearly 25 years of service with the department. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He always supported his children in all of their adventures. He was an avid football fan and enjoyed counting down the days before kickoff. But most of all he was passionate about being a fireman and the fire department. Mike was baptized in 1991 and was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Hoyt.

On November 17, 1990 he was united in marriage to Mickie Roy at Rockford IL. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his mother Mary (Martin) Musso, Rockton IL; his children Gabriel (Bailey Fund) Schultz, Hoyt, Megan (Zack Romine) Schultz, Burlingame, Garrett Schultz and Gage Schultz of the home.; his grand-daughter Adelynn; A special step-sister, Triscia Nally, Dixon, IL; two step-brothers and two step-sisters.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy “Buddy” and Ruth Campbell.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 1, 2016 at the Northland Christian Church, 3102 NW Topeka Blvd, Topeka. Interment will be in the Mayetta Cemetery. Mike will lie in state with the family receiving friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt. Memorial contributions may be made to the 1st Baptist Church of Hoyt the Hoyt Rural Fire District No. 3 or Michael Schultz Memorial Fund c/o Denison State Bank, 210 K214 Hwy, P.O. Box 283, Hoyt, Kansas 66440 or Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, Hoyt, Kansas 66440.


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Apartment cleared of smoke quickly

By Jessie Wagoner
Emporia Gazette – July 29, 2016

At 10:34 a.m. Friday, Emporia Fire Department was called to 520 Oak Street, Apartment B, for a possible structure fire.

“Upon arrival (we) found the occupant outside,” EFD Batallion Chief Rich Gould said. “She stated she took the trash out and the door locked behind her, leaving her outside with food cooking on the stove in her apartment.”

Fire crews made entry and found light smoke in the apartment. No fire was reported. The food was removed and the stove turned off. Smoke was cleared from the structure and air quality readings were checked prior to allowing occupants back into the structure. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.


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Jackson Co. Sheriff calls firefighter’s death “a tragic loss” w/video

By Carrie Larsen
WIBW – July 29, 2016

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Friends and first responders across the state are remembering a Hoyt volunteer firefighter who was killed in a wreck on Highway 75 Wednesday.

“This is something that knocks the wind out of you,” said Jackson Co. Sheriff Tim Morse.

Sheriff Morse says he responded to several calls with Michael Schultz and Randy Smith over the years and knows them well. He never thought he’d respond to a call where they were the victims.

“It’s a lot different when you’re responding to one of your own. One that you work with day in and day out,” he said.

On Wednesday, around 5:00 p.m., Schultz and Smith, two volunteer firefighters in Hoyt, were on their way to Holton for the Jackson Co. Fair Parade, when a tire blew and they lost control of the tanker truck.

“The report came out that the truck had left the highway and then rolled,” said Sheriff Morse.

Kansas Highway Patrol confirms the men weren’t wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Schultz was ejected from the vehicle.

A witness told 13 NEWS Schultz received CPR until emergency personnel arrived, but died shortly after.

Smith suffered serious injuries, but Sheriff Morse says he’s recovering.

“I went to speak with him last night. He’s severely injured, but we’re hoping for the best,” said Sheriff Morse.

On Thursday, Hoyt Fire Chief Ed Kester released a statement saying Smith is doing better and has the possibility of being released from Stormont-Vail Thursday night.

Hoyt community members say they’re praying for the best.

“It was a hard blow to the community,” said Frank Winter, a retired Mayetta firefighter.

Winter said he used worked alongside Schultz.

“We had Mike in our department for a while. He seemed to be an alright guy,” said Winter.

Sheriff Morse also said Schultz was a good person. He commended both men for their dedication to the job.

“They’ve been actively involved in firefighting for a number of years. I’ve responded to numerous incidents with them over the years. They’re fine men and they’ve given a lot to our community,” said Sheriff Morse.


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Fire damages east Wichita home

KAKE – July 29, 2016

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Investigators are working to determine what sparked a house fire Friday morning in east Wichita.

Crews were called around 7:30 a.m. to the report of a fire in the 200 block of South Oliver, near Douglas. Battalion Chief Andy Cole said they arrived to find smoke pouring from the attic area.

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to get to the fire and get it extinguished. Cole said the attic was a total loss, and crews were working to salvage the main floor and its contents.

Everyone made it out of the home safely.


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Battalion chief: Lightning believed to be cause of SW Wichita motel fire

KWCH – July 29, 2016

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The fire to a southwest Wichita motel is out with no injuries reported. Wichita Battalion Chief Sid Newby says lightning is believed to have caused the blaze reported a little after 9 p.m. Thursday at the Western Holiday motel at West Kellogg and Tyler, although a cause has not been confirmed.

Newby says the fire was contained to two rooms of the motel. He says the motel was occupied, but the rooms affected were not. The motel fire was just one scene of a busy night for fire crews.

“We had three separate house fires that came in during the same time period, so we have a modified response during the storm, where we don’t send as many units,” Newby says. “We had the first unit here come from downtown, so we were spread really thin. (The first crews) did an excellent job, went in and held it in check until they got help.”

The fire displaced three occupants of the motel.


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Kayakers find body in Arkansas River w/video

By Angela McLaurin
KWCH – July 29, 2016

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Wichita police say kayakers in the Arkansas River found a body around 2:15 p.m. Fire crews working to get to a sandbar to retrieve it.

Crews don’t have an age or gender on the body, and they don’t know how long it’s been in the river.

Police say the river is calm and safe right now so fire crews shouldn’t have a problem getting to the body.

Police say once the body is recovered, it will be taken to the Sedgwick County coroner’s office where identity and cause of death will be determined.
Wichita fire crews have found a body in the Arkansas River, near Pawnee & Broadway.

Our news partners at KFDI are reporting that traffic through Herman Hill Park is blocked.

The location is about five miles south of where Seminarian Brian Bergkamp went missing following a kayaking accident on July 9.

Emergency crews are in the very preliminary stages of their recovery efforts. No links have been made to this latest discovery and Bergkamp’s death.

Eyewitness New reached out to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita where daily masses have been held for Bergkamp, to see if they had been notified by law enforcement about the recovery effort.

“I wanted to let you all know that from a diocesan perspective all we can do is wait and pray and trust in God’s plan,” said Amy Pavlacka, the diocesan spokesperson.


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Kansas town holds event to thank its first responders w/video

KMBC – July 29, 2016


From Dallas and Baton Rouge to Kansas City, Kansas, tragedies have struck the nation’s law enforcement community in recent weeks.

The people of Wellsville, Kansas, took time out Thursday to thank the first responders who serve their small community.

“In the community of Wellsville, you guys exemplify what love is all about,” said the Rev. Scott Dickinson.

People came together in the middle of Main Street to hold hands and support the firefighters, police officers and EMS teams that hold Wellsville together.

“Just praying over them to make sure they’re safe,” said Wellsville resident Kelly Sturdevant.

“Seven years ago last week, my son was killed by a drunk driver out here on the highway,” said resident Dennis Kichler. “These guys were here for me. They were my brothers and sisters.”

With the understanding that recent tragedies touch the hearts of all who serve, people in Wellsville decided to give thanks and a hug to the first responders known in their town as family and known on a first-name basis.

“We do care,” Sturdevant said. “We’re there for them. We have their backs.”


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