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Tribute to fallen KC firefighters unveiled

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Fire Apparatus Operator Larry Leggio and Firefighter John Mesh were killed when a 100-year-old building collapsed during an arson fire. (KCTV) Fire Apparatus Operator Larry Leggio and Firefighter John Mesh were killed when a 100-year-old building collapsed during an arson fire. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

On Friday night, a special tribute to a pair of Kansas City heroes was unveiled.

It's been just over a year since firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh died while battling a fire. Now, a new firefighter's exhibit at the Kansas City Museum will keep their memory alive.

The new firefighters exhibit officially opens on Saturday, but Friday’s reception was to review all the hard work that went into it.

Wednesday marked a year since the two firefighters died, so it is a fitting time to pay respects to them once more.

The granite memorial is about 700 pounds with laser etched images of both men, their badge numbers, and a special dedication.

It is one of the first things people will see when they come to visit the firefighters exhibit, which is a look back at the history of the fire department over its first 100 years.

The exhibit features historical objects, archived materials from years past, and even a restored 1927 fire truck from the historical society.

organizers say it was important to tie the history of the department back to the two men lost a year ago.

Now, the name of this exhibit is in the line of duty. It will be there through March of 2017.

You can check it out and get a glimpse of the memorial between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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