Firefighter Robert D. McKarnin

Photo of Firefighter Robert D. McKarnin
Last Call: Tue, Nov 29th, 1988
Cause of Death: Explosion (Intentional)
Service Time: 20 years
Age: 42


His wife Deborah, and two children.


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 Firefighter McKarnin, Captain James Kilventon Jr., Captain Gerald Halloran and Firefighters Thomas Fry, Luther Hurd 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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