Captain James H. Kilventon

Photo of Captain James H. Kilventon
Last Call: Tue, Nov 29th, 1988
Cause of Death: Explosion (Intentional)
Service Time: 27 years
Age: 54


Wife Cecilia; daughter Alice Marie; son James.


Shortly after they arrived on the scene at a highway construction site, six Kansas City firefighters died when two burning trailers loaded with several thousand pounds of a highly volatile ammonium nitrate/fuel oil mixture exploded. Along with Captain James Kilventon Jr., Captain Gerald Halloran and Firefighters Thomas Fry, Luther Hurd, Robert McKarnin and Michael Oldham also died in the blast. In July of 1997, a jury convicted five individuals of setting the fire that caused the explosion. All five were sentenced to life in prison.


Kansas City Fire Department Patch
635 Woodland Avenue - Suite 2100
Kansas City, Missouri 64116
(816) 513-4600
Chief Paul J. Berardi


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