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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Kansas City Fire Department EMT Billy Birmingham

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties and at fire houses across the state on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in honor of Kansas City Fire Department EMT Billy Birmingham.

Governor Parson also ordered the U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff at the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City.

On April 13, EMT Birmingham died of COVID-19 after responding to several service calls in which there were patients positive for COVID-19, according to the Kansas City Fire Department. His death is the first known COVID-19 line-of-duty death of a first responder in the state of Missouri. His funeral will be held on April 22.

“In the face of this unprecedented public health crisis, Billy Birmingham repeatedly and without hesitation risked his own health and safety by responding to emergency calls,” Governor Parson said. “EMT Birmingham died heroically and selflessly in service to others. His death is a reminder to all of us to appreciate and thank the EMTs, paramedics, and all first responders who are serving on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19.”

EMT Birmingham served as a member of the Metropolitan Ambulance Services Trust (MAST) from 1998 to 2010 and continued his service as a member of the Kansas City Fire Department following the consolidation of MAST and KCFD in 2010. He was an ordained minister and founded Agape Love Ministries of Christ Unlimited in 2012. He was 69 years old and is survived by six children, 14 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Obituary - Rosa Jane Sutterby

Rosa Jane Sutterby, age 97, Blue Mound, Kansas passed away on Monday April 20, 2020. She was born in Mapleton, Kansas on March 10, 1923 the daughter of Charles and Bertha White Wilson. She was united in marriage to George Sutterby on July 4, 1948 in Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Rosa was a hard working homemaker, wife and mother. She was a member of the Blue Mound Federated Church and the Women's Auxiliary, the Stitch and Chatter Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

She was preceded in death by her husband George on February 12, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Calvin, three brothers, Loren, Ralph and Raymond Wilson, two sisters, Louise Lawrence, Shirley Miller, and a step sister, Catherine Webb. Rosa is survived by a daughter, Linda Jane Davis, two sons, Charles and Curtis Sutterby, a sister, Jo Riley, four grandchildren, Ryan and Caleb Sutterby and Wes and Cal Davis, and eight great grandchildren, Caleigh, Crew and Cajer Sutterby, Mitchell and Brett Sutterby, Blake Hixson and Nat and Lane Davis.

A private family graveside will be held at the Mapleton Cemetery. Individual respects and guest registry can be made Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Contributions are suggested to the Blue Mound Federated Church. Online condolences are encouraged and may be left at

Butler Municipal Court Information

We will never forget

Today officers of the Harrisonville Police Department are wearing mourning badges as part of our Fallen Not Forgotten pledge.

On April 21, 1972, Officer Donald Marler and Officer Francis Wirt were shot and killed on the Historic Harrisonville Square when they were ambushed by a suspect while walking their beat. 

The suspect also shot and killed Orville “Jug” Allen, a citizen, before committing suicide.

Officers Marler and Wirt, thank you for your service to the citizens of Harrisonville. May you continue to rest in peace and protect us from above.

Morgan Moreland Love Fund now set up at Community First Bank

Tune in now

Butler City Council will be having a Finance meeting at 5pm and General Session meeting at 7pm this evening. Both of these will be streamed from the City of Butler Facebook page via Facebook Live! Join us!

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