Archive for Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Reno Township firefighters receive touching letter about 11-year-old

October 23, 2002

Firefighters with Reno Township Fire Department were among the first emergency personnel on the scene on Aug. 27, when an 11-year-old boy died along the Kansas Turnpike.

The boy's father, Raymond Dean Boothe, Cameron, Mo., is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with child's death. Boothe is undergoing a mental evaluation at Larned State Hospital, and will appear again in Leavenworth County District Court on Nov. 1.

Leavenworth County officials allege that Boothe, who was traveling along the Kansas Turnpike with his four children, stopped his vehicle, pulled his 11-year-old disabled son out and stabbed him with needle-nose pliers. The incident occurred 1.5 miles east of the Leavenworth-Douglas county line.

Firefighters with Reno Township recently received the following letter from Midwest Opportunities Inc., where the boy, Raymond Levi Boothe, lived before his death. Firefighters agreed to share the letter with The Mirror.

Dear Chief Ogden and crew of Reno Township Fire Department:

I wish to thank you, especially those on duty the night of August 27th, for your part in safeguarding and providing dignity for the body of Levi Boothe. Those of us who worked with, and knew and loved him, are grateful for your efforts. We want you to know he was a busy, happy guy, healthy in spite of his disabilities, making gains and learning things. He is missed by many here at MOI, and at his school.

Thank you again for your efforts that night.

God bless you all.

Judy Davis, site supervisor, MOI

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