Cherokee County Fire
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Funeral Services Held Saturday for Former Cherokee County Firefighter

January 13, 2020

Several chiefs and firefighters with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services attended the funeral of Chuck McCormick in West Peculiar, Missouri, this past Saturday.  McCormick, who worked here in Cherokee County at one time, died while fighting a house fire on January 5th.  McCormick had been with the West Peculiar Fire Department for only 3 weeks.

Kansas Governor, Mike Parson, ordered state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday, January 11, in honor of McCormick.  Here in Cherokee County, Fire Chief, Tim Prather, ordered that flags at all of the Cherokee County Fire Stations be flown at half-staff, too.

As a snow stormed moved through the area on Saturday morning, hundreds of people and firefighters gathered for the funeral at the Abundant Life Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, to honor the fallen firefighter. After the hour-and-a-half service, McCormick’s casket was placed on the bed of a pumper truck to be taken to his final resting place.

Numerous fire departments took part in the procession to escort the fallen firefighter to a cemetery in Raymore, Missouri.

McCormick served with the 1135th Engineer Company in the Army National Guard from September 2011-2014. Following his military service, McCormick worked for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services from October 2014 to September 2017. He also served with the South Metro Fire Protection District in Raymore, from January 2018 to November 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel; his sons, Kyler, Kaiden and Kolten; mother, Melanie; and brothers Warren and William.

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Cherokee County firefighters, John Gottfried (left) and Christian Kutas (right), attend the funeral in Missour.
Cherokee County firefighters, John Gottfried (left) and Christian Kutas (right), attend the funeral in Missour. (click image for slideshow)
Funeral services for Chuck McCormick were held at the Abundant Life Church.
Funeral services for Chuck McCormick were held at the Abundant Life Church.
McCormick's casket is placed on the bed of a pumper truck.
McCormick's casket is placed on the bed of a pumper truck.
Numerous firefighters salute as the body of Chuck McCormick heads to his final resting place.
Numerous firefighters salute as the body of Chuck McCormick heads to his final resting place.
Numerous fire departments took part in the funeral procession.
Numerous fire departments took part in the funeral procession.
Firefighters stand on an overpass as the funeral procession passes by.
Firefighters stand on an overpass as the funeral procession passes by.
The body of Chuck McCormick arrives at a cemetery in Raymore, Missouri.
The body of Chuck McCormick arrives at a cemetery in Raymore, Missouri.