Columbus News Report – January 16, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – January 19, 2017
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the Weir Fire Department on Friday, January 13 at 6:12 p.m. finding City of Weir Fire Chief Jamie Curtis collapsed in the office.
The 23 year-old fire chief was transported to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, where he succumbed due to an apparent heart related issue.
Because Curtis died on duty, the Kansas State Firefighter’s Association will be conducting an Honor Guard at the funeral.
“We have fought fires together, he was always very professional and leading his department with a smile on his face,” said Columbus Fire Chief, Jason Allison. “They are a family of firefighters, with his dad being a former chief of the Weir department.”
“The City of Weir is devastated by the sudden passing of Jamie. He has selflessly served our community since 2011 and I join the members of the City Council in praying for his family during this difficult time.”
Curtis had been fire chief since 2014 a position he assumed from his father James W. Curtis. He was a lifelong resident of Weir and a graduate of Southeast High School with the class of 2012.
“This is sad and tragic,” said Sheriff David Groves. “My prayers for comfort and understanding are with Jamie’s family, friends, community and fellow responders.”
“He was committed to making the Weir Fire Department the best he could and had an obvious passion for serving his community to the best of his abilities. His loss will be felt by all who knew him and all he served.