- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Organizers of several charitable drives say that people have continued to give in honor of two Kansas City firefighters who died while battling an October fire.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1XGTfUe ) reports people continue to show their support for the families of Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

Thu Hong Nguyen has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson in the fire.

Bianca Caponetto, Mesh’s niece, designed a T-shirt bearing the firefighters’ names. Caponetto said she thought she would sell 50 shirts, but sold over 3,000 shirts and raised over $50,000 for the families.

The shirts arrived two days before Thanksgiving Day.

“Obviously Thanksgiving was not the best for either family, but it was really cool to wear the shirts with pride,” she said.

Family members of both firefighters, as well as about 25 firefighters, attended a Nov. 17 fundraiser of the Kansas City Baseball Historical Society at the Westport Flea Market.

Society president Jeff Logan “A lot of this was about keeping the community aware of the families.”

The Bright Futures Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a nonprofit organization that supports diocese elementary and high schools, created scholarships in the names of both firefighters.

Both Leggio and Mesh attended Catholic schools in the Kansas City area.

The Independence School District Foundation continues to accept donations to help the families meet funeral expenses and establish college funds for Mesh’s four daughters, who attend Independence district schools.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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