Authorities investigating death of Ralston's Fire Chief

Jan 31, 2012

Omaha Police are investigating the death of Ralston’s Fire Chief.

Authorities were called to 6902 Pine Street around 7:30 AM for a report of a down party. There, they found the body of 40-year-old Kyle Ienn hanging from a bridge. Ienn was a Ralston firefighter for more than 20 years. He was named Fire Chief in 2000.

Ralston Mayor Don Groesser calls Ienn's death a tremendous loss.  "Kyle’s been our fire chief for many, many years, he’s been on the department for 20 years, and he’s just done an exemplary job of communicating, and being a part of the team, and developing a team of volunteer firefighters in the city that is second to none."

Ienn was an advocate for fireworks safety awareness, and involved in recruiting new member for Ralston’s all-volunteer Fire Department. Ienn is survived by his wife and three children.

Omaha Police say the death is being investigated as a possible suicide. No further information is available.

Assistant Fire Chief Joe Eischeid will serve as interim Ralston Fire Chief.