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WFD Mourns Loss of Fire Captain

Contact: Brad Crisp, Fire Marshal |

Services scheduled for Wednesday morning

Urban A. Eck, a captain and 27-year veteran of the Wichita Fire Department, died on Saturday after multiple surgeries at Wesley Medical Center.

Eck had been hospitalized on Dec. 18, following his firefighting work during a call on Dec. 13 at Cedar Lakes Apartment clubhouse where he was treated for heart-related symptoms. Several days after the fire, he saw a physician who admitted him to the hospital.

The WFD is reviewing circumstances surrounding Capt. Eck’s death, which would help determine if he died in the line of duty. The review could take several months and involve several agencies.

“Urban was a dedicated public servant and outstanding fire officer,” Chief Ronald D. Blackwell said. “He was always there for the public and for his fellow firefighters in times of need. He will be sorely missed.”

Capt. Eck, 51, is survived by his wife, Lori, and eight children. His funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St Mark’s Catholic Church in the Colwich area, 19230 W. 29th Street North.

Capt. Eck was hired by the WFD on March 29, 1982 and was assigned to Station 11 at 1845 George Washington Boulevard. He was promoted to lieutenant in November 1989 and captain in January 1994. He was one of several WFD firefighters recognized by Firehouse Magazine for his courageous efforts during a 2008 house fire. The colors will be flown at half-staff on the day of the funeral to mourn Capt. Eck’s passing.

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