KCFD Driver 'Remains Employed' After Alleged 'Negligence' & 'Blatant' False Statements

Right now we share important follow-up reporting that answers some important questions that linger.

What stands out from reports . . 

The driver "remains employed by the Kansas City Fire Department."

We removed the name in fairness but other outlets haven't been as nice.

Here are the basics of the developing story . . . 

The arbitrator, retired Greene County Circuit Judge J. Miles Sweeney, found that THE DRIVER “made blatantly false statements” to police investigators when he described what happened as he was responding to a fire call on Dec. 15, 2021.

Contrary to THE DRIVER'S statement, evidence including traffic cameras and eyewitness testimony revealed that he did not slow down as he approached the intersection of Westport Road and Broadway Boulevard.

Sweeney found that the firetruck, Pumper 19, was traveling 50 miles an hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone when THE DRIVER plowed through the red light.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

KCFD firetruck driver ordered to pay $32 million after killing three people in Westport crash

KCFD engine driver sped through a red light in Westport at 50 mph, well above the speed limit, and did not brake before colliding with an SUV - killing two passengers and one pedestrian. An arbitrator found that he then "made blatantly false statements" to police investigators.