A published report in Kansas City as the fire truck involved in an accident this fall that killed a veteran Kansas City firefighter had faulty brakes. The victim in September was 57-year-old acting captain Gerald McGowan. He became the 100th Kansas City firefighter killed in the line of duty. His pumper crashed into a tree, injuring four other firefighters. A police report obtained by The Kansas City Star says the truck brakes were out of adjustment. Investigators found that if the brakes had worked properly, the 35,000-pound pumper could have stopped 70 feet before hitting the tree. Assistant city attorney Alan Holtkamp told The Star that the Kansas City Fire Department expects to be involved in legal action because of the accident.