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Episode 117 | Interview with Shawnee Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle – Part 2


Shawnee2In this episode I sat down for an interview with Shawnee (KS) Fire Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle to discuss a residential structure incident that resulted in the death of Firefighter John Glaser. Ryan discusses the details of this tragic incident and the lessons his department learned from it. This is the second part of a two-part interview so be sure to listen to Episode 116 first if you have not already done so. It will improve your understanding of the lessons learned.

Length: 59 minutes
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On May 22, 2010, John Glaser, a 33-year-old career fire fighter died while conducting a primary search of a residential house fire. Firefighter Glaser vomited in his SCBA face piece and then removed it, causing him to inhale products of combustion.

The fire was reported by automatic alarm at 8:55 p.m. Saturday at 13408 W. 75th Court, according to fire officials. When firefighters arrived, they found the home burning out of control. Neighbors told firefighters they thought two people and a dog were inside.

Firefighters began attacking the fire and searching the home.

As they were searching the home at 9:12 p.m., a mayday call went out because a firefighter was missing.

Shawnee Firefighter John Glaser
Shawnee Firefighter John Glaser
Ryan Pyle
Shawnee Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle




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Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

Guest Information:

Battalion Chief Ryan Pyle
Shawnee Fire Department

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Photo Credit: Bedford Hills Fire Department

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