Kenneth "Kenny" Burgess was the Reno County Fire District No. 3 chief for 30 years. He officially retired Oct. 1, 2016, after serving on the volunteer department for a total of 45 years. 

The fire district wanted to give Burgess one last ride on the fire truck he rode on to his first fire. The truck, which is now retired, carried him to the cemetery. His funeral procession from Nickerson United Methodist Church to Memorial Park Cemetery included numerous local fire and law enforcement vehicles.

He died Feb. 9, 2017, in Hutchinson. 

Kenny was a lifelong resident of the Nickerson community. 
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