13 Kansas firefighters chosen for 2014 benefit calendar

The Kansas Firefighter Museum has announced the 13 stars of the next Kansas Firefighter Calendar.

Fifteen firefighters competed for spots on the 2014 calendar, which is due out later this year. The names of those selected appear in alphabetical order. All are active, retired or volunteer Kansas firefighters:

Jeremy Carter, 39 – Wichita Airport Authority

John Darling, 33 – Lawrence

Luke Freeman, 26 – Garden City Fire Department

Bill Gibbs, 47 – Sedgwick County Fire Department

Bryan Hall, 42 – Chanute Fire Department

Justin Kennel, 23 – Liberal Fire Department

Kyle Kuehn, 23 – Caney Fire Department

Aaron Lock, 28 – Boeing Fire Department

Mark Newton, 29 – Salina Fire Department

Todd Nix, 43 – Sedgwick County Fire Department

Adam Patterson, 24 – Garden City Fire Department

Dean Snepp, 55 – Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s fire department in Topeka

Mark Van Dyne, 36 – Caney Fire Department

Pro-Tec firefighter Chris Johnston and Ford County firefighter Kelli Henson – this year’s sole female contestant – also competed at the calendar’s annual judging event, which took place June 28 in Wichita. Contestants were all volunteer, active duty or retired Kansas firefighters at least 21 years old. Finalists were selected based on fitness and community involvement.

Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Coats for Kids Project, which distributes winter apparel to children in need, and the Kansas Firefighters Museum, 1300 S. Broadway.

The calendar is produced by the all-volunteer staff of the Kansas Firefighters Museum. For more information, go to or search for Kansas Firefighter Calendar on Facebook.