Kennedy, volunteer fire captain, dies

Sunday, August 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:24 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

For 15 years, Mike Kennedy served Boone County as a volunteer with the Boone County Fire Protection District, where he rose to the rank of captain. He was a member of the bomb squad and commander of the fire investigation team.

Fire Chief Steve Paulsell described Mr. Kennedy as “very dedicated to the organization and to fire protection.”

Michael Kennedy of Columbia died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at his home after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 56.

He was born April 22, 1948, in St. Louis to James and Carolyn Kennedy.

During the Vietnam War, Mr. Kennedy served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp.

He was the founder of Kennedy & Sons Electric. He brought his long background in electrical work to the Fire Protection District, which helped him in fire prevention work. As a member of the bomb squad, Mr. Kennedy was a post-blast investigator. His electrical knowledge made him a skilled operator of the robot the squad sent into buildings before squad members entered, said Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hines.

He was always positive and upbeat, Paulsell said. He was always looking for ways to serve the community. His involvement with the fire district was as recent as several weeks ago, when Vice President Dick Cheney visited Columbia. Mr. Kennedy worked with the Secret Service for the event.

The fire district was not the only community service organization Mr. Kennedy was involved with. He was active with the Missouri Theatre Project, where he helped to update the Missouri Theatre. He also worked with the Columbia Entertainment Company.

His son, Shawn Kennedy said his father was a very generous man with a great interest in the arts. He worked to restore the chandelier at the Missouri Theatre.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his

three children, Shawn Kennedy, Michelle Kennedy and Ryan Kennedy, all of Columbia; a long-time companion, Janice Brothers, of Columbia; his mother, Carolyn Dolan of St. Louis; two brothers, Peter Kennedy and John Kennedy, both of St. Louis; and two sisters, Barbara Kennedy of St. Louis and Susan Kennedy of Madison Lake, Minn.

His father died earlier.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services, conducted by Fire Chief Steve Paulsell, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be

sent to Boone County Fire Protec-

tion District Perseverance Endowment, 2201 I-70 Drive N.W., Columbia, Mo. 65202.

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