Kan. EMT, retired FD division chief dies of COVID-19 complications

McPherson EMS EMT Randall Willems "was a hardworking, passionate firefighter that everyone loved to be around,” the McPherson Fire Department said


By Leila Merrill

McPHERSON, Kan. — Randall Willems, an EMT for McPherson EMS and retired division chief with the McPherson Fire Department, died on Jan. 12, KAKE reported. He died from complications related to COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in his honor.

“Randall served the McPherson community as a dedicated first responder and a firefighter for many years,” Kelly said in a statement. “He was deeply committed to keeping his community safe – and he was an honorable public servant. I offer my condolences to his family, friends and the entire McPherson community during this challenging time.”

The fire department said in a post that “Randy had the greatest sense of humor and some of the best stories. He was a hardworking, passionate firefighter that everyone loved to be around.”

The county sheriff’s office offered its condolences in a Facebook post.

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