JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- Today, Governor Eric Greitens ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all state government buildings in Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County, and Cass County be flown at half-staff on Wednesday (Feb. 15) in honor of Battalion Chief Thomas G. Byrne, of the Kansas City Fire Department. Battalion Chief Byrne, age 51, died on Feb. 11 while serving the citizens of Kansas City.

Governor Greitens released the following statement, “Thomas Byrne dedicated his life to protecting the people of Missouri and his fellow brothers in Fire Protection. He served honorably for 30 years, and became Battalion Chief. We are grateful for his service, deeply saddened by this loss, and praying for his family and fellow firefighters.”

Under Governor Greitens order, U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in those counties will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Feb. 15, 2017, the day the funeral services for battalion Chief Byrne will take place.


Thomas Byrne


Thomas G. Byrne, 51, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away February 11, 2017, at St. Luke’s East Hospital. A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Rd, Kansas City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Tom was born June 22, 1965, in Kansas City, to John and Helen (Bollinger) Byrne. He was a 30 year veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department and retired as a Battalion Chief. Throughout his career on the fire department he was dedicated to the safety of the public and his fire department family. He joined the Brotherhood Instructors, LLC, which allowed him to travel the United States and Canada teaching fire safety tactics. He was a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the September 2001 attacks. He was a member of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 3808. Tom was preceded in death by his father, John F. Byrne (Jan. 2003). He is survived by wife, Stacy; his daughter, Colleen; mother, Helen Byrne of Kansas City; sister, Debbie; brother, Michael of Kansas City, brother, Kevin of Overland Park, Kan.; sister, Ann (Kevin McGinnis) of College Station, Texas; and brother, Stephen (Andrea) and several nieces and nephews, Riley, Derek, and John Byrne, Joey, Megan, Julia, and Matthew McGinnis, and Lila O’Sullivan. The family would like to thank all of Tom’s doctors and nurses at the various hospitals and clinics where he received treatment. We extend a special thank you to the ICU nursing staff at St. Luke’s East Hospital who helped him to be comfortable in his final hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to Healing NET Foundation, 200 Hill Avenue, Suite 4, Nashville, TN 37210 or at The Healing NET Foundation’s mission is to support education and awareness of neuroendocrine cancer among community physicians, and help patients advocate and navigate the path to the best possible care. Please offer condolences online at McGilley State Line Chapel, Dignity Memorial

Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 14, 2017