Firefighter Injured While Battling July 4th Fireworks Blaze Dies

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A firefighter injured while battling one of several blazes that broke out on the night of July 4 into the morning of July 5 has succumbed to his injuries.

Capt. John Kemper was injured while helping at the scene of a structure fire in the 3600 block of Pennsylvania early on July 5.

He was among four city firefighters who had to be taken to the hospital while battling fireworks-related blazes that evening. Kemper died at his home Wednesday, nearly a week after he was released from the hospital.

City Fire Spokesman Capt. Garon Mosby says he worked with Capt. Kemper quite often and he had a good sense of humor that could make long work shifts more enjoyable.

Kemper, who was 59, is survived by his wife, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Capt. Kemper had been with the St. Louis Fire Department since June 1993, and was promoted to captain in May of 2008.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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