Police officer dies of fireworks injuries
A Wichita police officer who was injured in a fireworks accident while on duty died Saturday, Police Chief Norman Williams said.
Lt. John Galvin, 49, who was promoted from sergeant while in the hospital, had suffered second- and third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body in the accident Oct. 20. He was injured in a series of explosions while he prepared to destroy commercial fireworks during a routine bomb squad training exercise.
He died at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, where he had been since the accident, Williams said.
Galvin's promotion took place in a special ceremony at the hospital nine days after the accident. Galvin could not attend, so his wife, Mary, accepted the honor.
Galvin joined the Wichita Police Department in 1980 and joined the bomb squad in 1993.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the series of explosions.
KBI lab receives federal appropriation
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory, Kansas City, Kan., will receive a $200,000 appropriation from the federal government.
According to Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., the funds are still subject to changes in the appropriations debate being conducted between Congress and President Clinton, but should be available within two months.
The funds are in addition to a $369,900 grant the KBI received in August.