Wednesday, July 12, 2017

St. Louis Fire Capt. John Kemper Has Died After Battling July 4th Fire

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 7:03 PM

St. Louis Fire Capt. John Kemper has died from injuries sustained during a July 5 fire. - IMAGE VIA ST. LOUIS FIRE DEPARTMENT
  • Image via St. Louis Fire Department
  • St. Louis Fire Capt. John Kemper has died from injuries sustained during a July 5 fire.
A St. Louis Fire Department captain who was injured during a surge of Independence Day fires has died.

Capt. John Kemper was part of a crew that was battling a structure fire on the morning of July 5 in the Gravois Park neighborhood when he was gravely wounded, authorities say.

A 24-year veteran of the department, he was one of four firefighters hospitalized within a twelve-hour period that began on the Fourth of July, according to a news release.

"It is with deep sorrow and profound sadness that we announce the line of duty death of our brother, Fire Captain John Kemper," the fire department said in a statement this evening.

Kemper had been a firefighter since June 1993 and was promoted to captain in 2008. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the future, the department says.

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