KCK firefighter in critical condition following head injury sustained in incident

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Dec 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 11:17:07-05

UPDATE, Dec. 17 | As of Thursday, a spokesperson for the KCK fire department told KSHB 41 News the injured firefighter's condition has improved and his breathing tube was taken out.

"He's tolerating everything very well. Everyone continues to be encouraged by his progress," Scott Schaunaman, KCKFD spokesperson, said. "Please continue with your thoughts and prayers.

Schaunaman said that the truck the firefighter was riding in at the time of the accident is out of service, pending an investigation.

"However, when the investigation is concluded, it will be back in service," Schaunaman said.

ORIGINAL STORY, Dec. 14 | A Kansas City, Kansas, firefighter is in critical condition after sustaining a head injury over the weekend.

The incident happened around 10:45 a.m. Sunday while the firefighter's crew was at 47th & Shawnee Drive in the Turner neighborhood.

According to the department, other crews were dispatched to the incident.

As of Tuesday, the firefighter was listed as being in critical but stable condition, according to a KCK fire department spokesperson.

The incident is under investigation, and the department was not able to go into details about how the accident happened.

"We are hopeful that the firefighter makes a full recovery and the family is very appreciative of the overwhelming support they have received," Scott Schaunaman, Battalion Chief of Training and KCKFD public information officer, said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."