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Legislation #: 190440 Introduction Date: 6/6/2019
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS HALL, BARNES JR., CANADY, FOWLER, JAMES, JR., JUSTUS, LOAR, LUCAS, MCMANUS, REED, SHIELDS, TAYLOR AND WAGNER
Title: In memory of Deputy Fire Chief Reverend Arnett R. Williams.

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6/3/2019 Filed by the Clerk's office
6/6/2019 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 190440

 

In memory of Deputy Fire Chief Reverend Arnett R. Williams.

 

WHEREAS, Reverend Arnett R. Williams attended school in the Kansas City Missouri school district and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1952; and

 

WHEREAS, upon graduation he joined the U. S. Air Force where he fought in the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the Air Force he became a member of the Coast Guard Reserve; and

 

WHEREAS, in June 1957, he joined the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department where he worked his way up the ranks promoting to FAO, Captain, Battalion Chief, and ultimately retiring on December 30, 1983 as Deputy Fire Chief; and

 

WHEREAS, while serving in that role he had the task of commanding and directing over 100 first responders and volunteers in Kansas City’s deadliest structural collapse, the Hyatt Regency skywalks. The rescue efforts were documented in the August 1, 1981 edition of Jet Magazine. Following the tragedy, he was asked to speak to agencies throughout the United States and Canada and his world renowned Emergency Response efforts are still being utilized in first responder publications to this day; and

 

WHEREAS, Deputy Chief Williams was most proud of his involvement in the diversification of the KCFD through the Labor Recruitment program; and

 

WHEREAS, after retirement from the Fire Department, Arnett accepted the call to ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His final service being as Associate Pastor at Willis Chapel AME under Rev. Clifford St. James. He was a small minority business owner of Williams HVAC Systems for over 40 years; and

 

WHEREAS, Reverend Arnett R. Williams in his 85 years his commitment, love and service to all blessed his family, community and this great City; NOW THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANAS CITY:

That the Mayor and Council hereby express their sorrow following the death of Reverend Arnett R. Williams; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony there and that a copy hereof be presented to the family and friends of Reverend Arnett R. Williams in token of the genuine esteem and respect in which he was held and in token of the sincere sympathy hereby extended to the bereaved.

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