A black belt was draped over Emmett Maul’s gear earlier this week at Station 1 of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department.

Kim Schmidt, Kearney Hub

Never mind the fact that duty driver Bill Shafer was sleeping in the train station and didn’t know Maul had taken the truck until the alarm went off and he went and jumped in the truck.

“I looked in the truck room and the service truck was gone. I thought, ‘What is this?’ and then I heard Emmett on the radio, ”Shafer chuckled.

Or the moment when fellow firefighters picked up Maul’s pickup at the train station and parked it in the city manager’s stand behind City Hall. Maul reported the theft of the pickup and the police had to tell him where it was.

“There are all kinds of stories,” Shafer said. “Some of the stories about me and Emmett are not worth repeating.”

Besides KVFD, in the 1990s Maul enjoyed going to Harlan County Lake with his wife Carol Jean, off-duty fire and law enforcement, fishing, over 50 with the Kearney Elks Club, home brewing, annual trips to Sturgis, riding his red three-wheeled Spider motorcycle and spending time with his family.

To full-time pilot Brian Wolfe, Maul was like a father figure. The two met outside of KVFD in 2012 while driving part-time overnight for Brown Transfer. The two spent hours talking about life in their helmets.

As Maul’s health began to decline over the past year, he was determined to continue doing monthly meetings. In July, he worked at the KVFD bingo booth at the Buffalo County Fair, where firefighters raise money for fire prevention, and a month ago, he attended the department’s annual banquet for members. retirees.


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