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Olathe Fire Department mourns death of chaplain

Posted at 11:07 AM, Oct 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-01 12:07:08-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Olathe Fire Department is mourning the death of its chaplain.

The department announced in a tweet Friday morning that long-time volunteer Chaplain Rick Giardine died Thursday after an illness.

Giardine had volunteered as the department’s chaplain since September 2003.

“We take pride knowing he was not only a friend but a member of our family,” the department tweeted. “‘Padre,’ you will be missed.”

Funeral and service arrangements were not immediately available.