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Gordon A. Fowlston

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Riverside Fire Department

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Riverside Fire Department

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Public Safety Department of the City of Riverside , Missouri

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Police Biographies : Public Safety Department of the City of Riverside, Missouri [cached]

Fire Division Chief Gordon Fowlston

Honoring 'Hotshots' who lost their lives [cached]

Riverside Fire Division Chief Gordon Fowlston recently briefed city aldermen about his trip to help with the funerals of the "Hotshots" firefighters who were killed while battling an Arizona wildfire on June 30.

In a later interview with The Landmark, Fowlston said that he and two other Missouri firefighters, one from Gower and one from Sedalia, left at 4:00 p.m. on July 7 and arrived in Prescott, Arizona at about 11:30 p.m., Kansas City time, the following day.
"We hit the ground running out there," Fowlston said.
Additionally, almost 300 departments and 800 to 1,000 personnel helped put these memorial services together, Fowlston said.
"We never would have gotten it done without the other hundreds of guys that were making sure that we had chairs, plants, flowers, chainsaws, or that the Hotshots gear made it to the church and then made it to the cemetery," said Fowlston.
Fowlston said three of the services he helped with were held in the mountains.
"One of the sites was the Granite Mountain Basin, which is where the team took their name, the Granite Mountain Hotshots," said Fowlston. They had put out a fire at this location just two weeks prior to the tragedy that took their lives.
At another service, flowers enough to fill two semi-trailer trucks had accumulated at the funeral location and the wife of the firefighter asked if she could use them in her husband's service. The next day, Fowlston said, she spoke at his funeral.
"There was probably 1,500 people in this building and there wasn't a person that walked out of this building that didn't have tears in their eyes," Fowlston said. Later, she asked him if her speech had seemed weird and told Fowlston that she had felt the need to speak to her husband through those words.
"That was kind of one of our more touching moments I guess for me," said Fowlston.
Fowlston said that although these big events are few and far between, these fire service teams get called out way too often.
"Line of duty deaths in the fire service-we average about 90 a year," he said of firefighter fatalities across the United States. "Some people think that's not bad but to me it's too many."
For this year so far he estimated about 50 or 60 line of duty fatalities and said that the number is high both because of the tragedy in Arizona and also from a Texas fertilizer plant that exploded killing 12 public safety workers.
Fowlston said they arrived home around noon on Monday, July 15.
"For me it was an honor," he said.

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Gordon Fowlston Riverside Department of Public Safety

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce - Programs [cached]

Gordon Fowlston Riverside Department of Public Safety

Riverside Image Gallery - DPS Promotional Ceremony [cached]

Chief Greg Mills, Director of Public Safety, addresses the crowd. | DPS Promotional Ceremony On July 10, the Department of Public Safety held a promotional ceremony for three of its members. L. Michael Shelton was promoted to Operations Support Division Director, Fire Marshal Gordon Fowlston was promoted to Fire Division Chief and Public Safety Officer Trevor Ballard was promoted to Sergeant.

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