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Community still mourning loss of Kansas City firefighters John Mesh and Larry Leggio one year later

Posted at 10:33 PM, Oct 11, 2016

October 12, 2016, marks one year since Kansas City lost two of its firefighters in the line of duty.

John Mesh and Larry Leggio were greatly loved and well-respected firefighters who were stationed right where they grew up -- in the Northeast. 

"It's a hurt for all of us," said Frank Pisciotta, a retired KCFD Captain who knew both men since they were children. 

Pisciotta said the Northeast community has had a tough year following the tragic loss.

"It's just rough on them, you know. Once you realize it, they are not coming back," Pisciotta said. 

Mesh and Leggio had a passion for fighting fires and serving their community. They died doing what they loved.

Still, it will never be easy for those they left behind. 

"It's just devastating what happened. Because you always think about what might have been or could have been. Because you just never know, you never know," Pisciotta added.

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