There are 8 comments on the Fox4KC story from May 25, 2010, titled FIREFIGHTER PARK MEMORIAL PROPOSAL PROBLEMS: Push to Rename Park fo.... In it, Fox4KC reports that:

A Shawnee man is spearheading an effort to create a long-lasting memorial to fallen firefighter John Glaser, but he's getting resistance to his plan to rename a city park in the firefighter's honor.

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Ewa Beach, HI

#1 May 25, 2010
What a honor it would be to have the park renamed after a fallen firefighter. And it's a perfect place for the monument as well. The disgruntled council member Michelle Distler is not thinking. The very sad news concerning this firefighter has traveled nationwide. I lived in Shawnee near the park for many years and believe that the Park should be renamed in his honor. I now live in Hawaii and was notified by a friend's email of the tragedy.
I agree with Tim Stadler, I hope Fireman Glaser's children will be able to go to that park and say, "They renamed it for our dad".

Corpus Christi, TX

#2 May 26, 2010
Sure, let's just ignore the history of the town because of a tragic event.

I have no problem with creating a memorial to the firefighter, but do so without sacrificing the history of Shawnee.

Olathe, KS

#3 May 26, 2010
I completely agree with renaming the park. Especially since it's directly behind the Shawnee fire station. I don't think there is a more perfect place for the memorial!

United States

#4 May 26, 2010
John wrote:
Sure, let's just ignore the history of the town because of a tragic event.
I have no problem with creating a memorial to the firefighter, but do so without sacrificing the history of Shawnee.
John, how do you feel it wil be ignoring the history of the town? Maybe there could be a mutual agreement, both with putting a memorial there and keeping the name. I understand wanting to keep the history of the town I really do.

Kansas City, MO

#5 May 26, 2010
I think it would be a great thing to do for John, after all he did give his life doing his job.It would be nice for his children to see how loved he was.And John from kc. everybody knows the history of the town, Gum Springs is not the only thing that shows the history of shawnee.

Kansas City, MO

#6 May 26, 2010
To michelle distler, why shouldn't it be at gum springs. It's a perfect location. Get over yourself.

Lenexa, KS

#7 Mar 7, 2011
I don't know why everyone is ignoring the fact that Michelle Distler offered several suggestions.(Of course, the 20 minute interview was cut into a 2 minute news story edited it to make it appear she was against the park.) This is a very personal issue to her as her uncle who was a volunteer firefighter died in a fire. The news reporter asked her the question where the name Gum Springs came from, she was explaining the history which is what the clip showed. In addition, the one idea that she came up with and suggested during a meeting that made the most sense and that I support, is to name the firehouse itself after him instead of the park behind it. It makes more sense. Who on here can tell me who Charles Stump park is named after? Donald Gamblin park? John Lynch park? Exactly. It would be a much more suitable memorial to name the firestation, not a park after him. That would leave more of a legend that is not forgotten.

Lenexa, KS

#8 Mar 8, 2011
June 2, 2010

Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers says the city will discuss ways to honor the city’s first firefighter to die in the line of duty in the coming weeks, but he says those talks will wait to give time for grieving to take place.

A City Hall news release said the city and Shawnee Fire Department had received “overwhelming support” from the community and neighboring cities after the death of Firefighter John Glaser.

The release said the city had received numerous requests to take immediate action to honor Glaser.

During last week’s City Council meeting, Council member Michelle Distler said she had received a request to dedicate the Fire Department’s new ladder truck to the memory of Glaser, but Distler said she thought it might be better to dedicate a permanent facility to his memory at sometime in the future so that Glaser would have a permanent memorial.

Last week’s news release quotes Meyers as saying now is not the time to discuss such tributes.

“This week and next week is about helping the Glaser family and the Fire Department and their families deal with the loss of Firefighter Glaser,” Meyers said.“At some point in the not-too-distant future, we will discuss the appropriate way to honor his ultimate sacrifice for this community.”

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