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Former KCK mayor says local firefighters harassing him, family

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The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department has investigated a claim from former Unified Government Mayor/CEO Mark Holland that some firefighters are harassing him and his family. 

Holland clashed with the firefighters' union while he was in office. 

Now, he says they are harassing him. 

Holland said on Tuesday morning, a fire truck and ambulance drove by his home and turned on their sirens. Holland said after they passed his home, they turned them off. 

"It's just unnecessary," Holland said. "And so, you know I'm a citizen of this community. I'm a tax paying citizen of this community, I'm fourth generation of Wyandotte County. I deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect as everyone else." 

The KCK Fire Department was not available to comment on camera about the incident earlier this week, but it confirmed an investigation was ongoing. 

On Friday, a statement was released: 

The Kansas City Kansas Fire Department has conducted an internal investigation of alleged events in former Mayor Mark Holland’s neighborhood.  Investigations included speaking with neighbors; face to face and by phone.  This neighborhood canvass was done by Interim Fire Chief Kevin R. Shirley and the Department’s Fire Marshal.  One neighbor did confirm that they heard a sound that they thought could have been a siren that morning.

Facts regarding this investigation concluded that the Fire Department did respond to a medical call in a nearby neighborhood that morning. It was confirmed that on the return trip to the station that a siren was set off for a period of 1 to 3 seconds in the area near former Mayor Holland’s house.  

Those firefighters that were involved will be dealt with as necessary to ensure that activation of sirens and lights will only be done in compliance with current policies.

This week's alleged incident is just the latest piece in Holland's assertions the department is targeting him. 

"I also have received multiple things on Facebook where people say, 'we hope nothing happens at your house, hope you never need us,'" he said. "A lot of that kind of just inherent threat that, you know, our family is not going to be protected." 

Neighbors did say they also heard the sirens. 

"Earlier this week, I was getting up around 6 a.m. and I'm usually hearing sirens in the distance," Dee Moore said. "But this time in the morning, the sirens sounded like it was right in front of the house."

Moore said it wasn't just the sirens that caught her off guard, but the timing of the sirens. 

"To hear something that early in the morning was what was different," Moore said, "as well as the proximity to the house is what was different." 

Some balked at the accusations, but Holland said the truth would come out. 


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