City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence Fire Department announces death of off-duty firefighter

Independence Fire Chief Doug Short issued the following statement regarding the off-duty death of Fire Equipment Operator/Paramedic Chad Sappenfield.

“Today, the Independence Fire Department mourns the sudden passing of Fire Equipment Operator/Paramedic Chad Sappenfield, while at home. Chad has been with Independence for 13 years. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 781 Honor Guard and Peer Support Team. In 2014, Chad was honored by the Independence Chamber of Commerce for Heroism, for actions performed on a medical call. Chad began his career with Independence Fire Department in 2008 after serving in the United States Army, with a tour in Iraq and numerous commendations.”

Mayor Eileen Weir added the following:

“Our hearts go out to the men and women of the Independence Fire Department and everyone in our City. We have been through a lot in the last two years, but we want our public to know we are doing everything we can to support the Fire Department and our community as we deal with yet another tragic event.”

The Independence Fire Department will be offering assistance to the family and details will be communicated soon. Chad’s contributions to the Fire Department, the Fire Department family, and the City of Independence will never be forgotten.