JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin firefighters will be joined by City of Joplin officials and community members during a “wet down” ceremony for the new ladder truck being put into service at Joplin Fire Station #5.

  • WHAT: Introduce new ladder truck in traditional wet down ceremony.
  • WHERE: Joplin Fire Station No.5, 3223 S Texas Ave.
  • WHEN: 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 22

Courtesy Joplin Fire Dept.


Shannon Becker was born and raised in Joplin and began in radio before graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1990. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Missouri Southern State University (1994). Before launching Joplin News First in 2017, he worked in television and radio, overlapping a career in the music industry. He worked with major music artists for 20 years, garnering gold and platinum records to his credit. He comes to KOAM 7 News Now-CBS/FOX (Morgan-Murphy Media) with more than 30 years in media and entertainment. He previously worked for KOAM. He has five children and two grandchildren.