Archive for Monday, December 29, 2008

Former Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain was in car accident on day he died

Former Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain was involved in a car accident the same day of his death. McSwain died of natural causes on Christmas.

December 29, 2008


Former Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain was involved in a car accident just before his death Christmas Day.

McSwain, 65, died of natural causes at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said McSwain received minor injuries during a one-vehicle accident about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

He hit a patch of ice with his car, lost control and hit a culvert in the 1800 section of North 1100 Road, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis. The airbag of the car deployed and McSwain received a minor cut on his head, Lewis said.

Paramedics persuaded McSwain to be checked out at the hospital, but his death was not a result of the crash, Lewis said.

Current Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said McSwain was alert and talkative while being transported to the hospital by ambulance and when he arrived at LMH.

“He deteriorated and passed away,” Bradford said.

McSwain was fire chief in Lawrence from 1978 until he retired in 2005.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Mustard Seed Fellowship, 700 Wakarusa Drive.


Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 9 years, 4 months ago

What a shame, he was a great guy! Thank you, Lynn

jjrx2 9 years, 4 months ago

When my husband and I lost everything in a fire in 2002 three days before our wedding, McSwain spent hours going through the remains of our home with a metal detector to find my wedding ring. It was an honor to have met him and I am praying for his family.

throatwobbler 9 years, 4 months ago

An absolutely wonderful man. Lets hope the new chief doesn't undo everything McSwain worked so hard for. He will be missed by all.

princess81 9 years, 4 months ago

And the point of this article is what? Is the Journal World really that bored that they had to put that information out? Had nothing to do with his death, whats the point of mentioning it?He will be missed...

Peter Houston 9 years, 4 months ago

Nothing to do with his death? Really? I would think unless a Coroner's autopsy was performed and accidental causes were completely eliminated, it might very well have had a great deal to do with his death. If you've ever been in an accident where an airbag has deployed into your face/chest, you would have a much better understanding of this. At his age, he could easily have suffered a injury to his brain, or even an internal injury to his heart or lungs...especially if he had predisposing medical conditions. Even the stress and shock of an accident can result in a heart attack under the right circumstances. To discount the event that immediately preceded his death as "nothing to do with it" is probably a mistake. I'm very surprised there was no mention in the news of the Coroner being involved. It has all kinds of insurance as well as other implications.I, too, am sad that his family had to suffer this tragic loss...especially on Christmas Day. I certainly hope the authorities did a thorough job investigating this. Does anyone know who investigates deaths in Lawrence? Is it the police?

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