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FIREFIGHTERS DOUSE BLAZE IN CREVE COEUR APARTMENT BUILDING


Firefighters finish with an apartment fire that went to two alarms in Creve Coeur on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. The fire in the Oak Forest Apartments started on a stove, according to resident Brandon McElroy, 28. He said that he had just finished feeding his three-month-old son, Eathan, and had turned on the stove to feed himself when the stove caught fire. "It became so violent, so quickly, and was spreading very fast," said McElroy. He grabbed his son, left the apartment and started banging on neighbors' doors to warn them. McElroy said he had just moved into the apartment. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC

September 18, 2015 - Creve Coeur Fire Protection District

CREVE COEUR, MO. - The Creve Coeur Fire Protection District is actively seeking applicants to establish a hiring list for the position of Paramedic Firefighter. Applications are to be picked up in person and returned at: 11221 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur, MO. Applications (including updated resumes and copies of certifications) will be available and accepted from September 21, 2015 through October 20, 2015 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Applicants will be required to take a written test on October 27, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. NO applications will be accepted the morning of the test. Requirements for employment are: Current Driver's and Current Missouri EMT-P Licenses and St. Louis County Fire Standards Professional Firefighter I and II Certifications, High School Graduate or Equivalent, ACLS, PHTLS or BTLS, and PALS.

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FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BLAZE IN CREVE COEUR


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August 19, 2015 - KMOV By Dan Greenwald, Online News Producer

CREVE COEUR, MO. - Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire that broke out in Creve Coeur Wednesday afternoon.

The fire broke out at a home in the on Spoede Woods around 3:00 p.m.

Firefighters do not believe anyone was inside when the fire started.

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CREVE COEUR FIREFIGHTER FACES POT CHARGE

May 25, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

WENTZVILLE - A firefighter for the Creve Coeur Protection District who lives in Wentzville was in the St. Charles County Jail Sunday night on felony drug chargea. Samuel Saranita, 39, was being held in lieu of $35,000 cash-only bail.

Maj. Paul West of the Wentzville Police Department said that officers on Sunday found "several Mason jars of marijuana and some marijuana that was growing inside the house."

West said police found evidence that Saranita was weighing and packaging the drug.

County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said that Saranita was charged with cultivating a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

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THREE-ALARM APARTMENT FIRE IN CREVE COEUR BLAMED ON SMOKING


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April 3, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Kim Bell

CREVE COEUR, MO. - Investigators blame smoking for Thursday morning's three-alarm fire that started on a balcony at the Oxford Hills Apartments.

No one was injured in the blaze, which broke out about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. People in about 20 apartment units were displaced.

The complex is on Briar Hollow Drive.

Jerry McQueen, with the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District, said Friday that the fire was accidental. It started because of "improper discarding of smoking material," he said.

The smoker thought it was extinguished in a tray on the balcony but it wasn't, McQueen said.

Everyone got out safely from the two adjoining buildings and the smoke alarms worked properly, he said.

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MULTIPLE UNITS AFFECTED WHEN 3-ALARM BLAZE RIPS THROUGH APARTMENT COMPLEX


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April 2, 2015 - KMOV By Jasmine Brown

CREVE COEUR - Firefighters battled a 3-alarm blaze that affected six apartment units in west St. Louis County early Thursday morning.

The fire began around 2:30 a.m. on the balcony of the Oxford Hills Apartments, officials say.

At least 21 units had to be evacuated.

The Red Cross has been called in to assist displaced families.

There are no reports of injuries.

It is unknown what caused the fire.

No other information has been made available.

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HEAVY SMOKE, WATER DAMAGE AFTER CONDO COMPLEX GARAGE FIRE


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December 28, 2014 - KTVI , BY PAUL SCHANKMAN

CREVE COEUR - Firefighters in Creve Coeur scrambled to put out a smoky fire in a 30 car garage Sunday morning.

"There was smoke pouring all the way down the entire building, just bellowing out," said resident Shelia Umbright. "It was huge!"

Fire in a 30 car garage is nothing to take lightly so several departments responded to this two alarm fire at about 8:00 Sunday morning at Creve Coeur Station condos.

Chief Chuck Marsonette with the Monarch Fire Protection District explained, "We have a common attic in that building that runs all the way down that building. With the items that could be inside, petroleum products and items of that nature, we certainly wanted to be prepared should we need any additional units."

Most of the fire damage is to the ceilings and the roof. Firefighters had to chop their way through the garage doors. But as it turned out, there were hardly any cars parked inside. A lot of residents are out of town for the holidays and many others prefer to use these one car stalls as storage lockers.

Resident Anita Paxton said, "We keep junk in there."

FOX 2 reporter Paul Schankman asked her, "Good junk or just junk junk?"

"Actually good junk. That was the problem. We were driving up going oh my god oh my god..."

Still some cars were parked inside, including a 1963 Plymouth Fury. But it was the damage to a 2000 Honda that was breaking one owner's heart.

Angela Schelker explained her husband's sadness, "He has had it for years. It's his baby so he is a little upset about it right now. I actually have the newer car but he always keeps his in the garage because it's his baby."

"These are all material things." said Shelia Umbright. "No one is injured. No one lost their home or their puppies or kitty cats so that's... so if we were going to have a fire it was better out in the garages than in the building."

Investigators think the fire started in the attic but they have yet to figure out the cause. Most of the damage to the contents of the garages was from smoke and water.

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DREAM COMES TRUE FOR LIAM MYRICK TO SEE THE CARDINALS IN THE PLAYOFFS

October 6, 2014 - KTVI

ST. LOUIS - A little boy's dream of going to a playoff game is coming true tonight. Liam Myrick is from Houston Missouri and he's a huge Cardinals fan who is living with stage four cancer. According to his parents, he may not be here next baseball season; but when you see this little boys smile, you can tell he's living it life to the max.

Liam may be a little shy but his spirit is anything but.

Liam was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of three. He's undergone 14 rounds of chemotherapy, had nine surgeries, and 10 rounds of radiation.

Liam spends countless nights in the hospital, but that doesn't take away from this little guy's spirit. He's always rooting for the Cardinals and his favorite player Jason Mott.

Mott may have not made the playoff roster, but the Cardinals made it to the 3rd game of the NLDS and the icing on cake for the whole family is that they got to be here to watch it together.

I spoke with his mother Shawna and you can tell she's been Liam's rock. She says every time her family's back has been up against the wall, the community has come through.

Liam's may be only 6, but he's had so many wonderful experiences thanks to the public's generosity.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - Paramedic Firefighter

April 28, 2014 -

CREVE COEUR - The Creve Coeur Fire Protection District is actively seeking applicants to establish a hiring list for the position of Paramedic Firefighter. Applications (including updated resumes and copies of certifications) will be available and accepted from May 5, 2014 through June 20, 2014 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Applicants will be required to take a written test on June 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. NO applications will be accepted the morning of the test. Apply in person: 11221 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur, MO. Requirements for employment are: Current Driver's and Current Missouri EMT-P Licenses and St. Louis County Fire Standards Professional Firefighter I and II Certifications, ACLS, PHTLS or BTLS, and PALS.

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ELECTION RESULTS FOR ST. LOUIS COUNTY FIRE DISTRICTS

April 9, 2014 -

ST. LOUIS COUNTY -

Source: ST. LOUIS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSION

BLACK JACK FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION B 
**BONDS - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)** 
(Vote for ) 1 
            (WITH 28 OF 28 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,349 71.94 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 916 28.06 

BLACK JACK FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION E 
**OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 28 OF 28 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,939 59.72 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,308 40.28 

CREVE COEUR FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION S
 ** OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 41 OF 41 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,700 61.93 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,045 38.07 

CREVE COEUR FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION Y 
**BONDS - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 41 OF 41 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,745 64.04 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 980 35.96 

METRO-NORTH FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION S 
**OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
            (WITH 17 OF 17 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 642 63.88 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 363 36.12 

NORTHEAST AMBULANCE AND FIRE DIST - PROPOSITION F 
**BONDS - CAPITAL IMPROV (57.15% NEEDED)** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 35 OF 35 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,488 60.07 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 989 39.93 

RIVERVIEW FIRE DISTRICT - PROPOSITION A 
**OPERATING TAX LEVY** 
(Vote for ) 1 
           (WITH 16 OF 16 COUNTED) 
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 561 58.99 
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 390 41.01 
 



FIRE DISTRICT BALLOT ISSUES FOR THE APRIL 8th ELECTION

BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION B

Four-sevenths majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Black Jack Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, incur an indebtedness of the District in the amount of Five Million Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand Dollars ($5,365,000) and issue the bonds of said District in evidence thereof for the purpose of purchasing real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and maintaining emergency medical equipment and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment thereof?

Summary: The district wants to borrow $5.365 million, which is within the $12 million debt ceiling approved by voters in 2001. District officials say the money would be used to buy and maintain emergency medical and fire protection equipment and apparatus and to upgrade fire houses. The bonds would be paid off by 2034. This proposal does not involve a tax increase. Supporters said aging equipment needs to be replaced with items that employ up-to-date technology.


BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION E

Simple majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the board of directors of the Black Jack Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than forty cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of an ambulance service or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician defibrillator program or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician paramedic first responder program?

Summary: The district wants to increase its property tax rate by up to 40 cents per $100 assessed valuation. If passed, the owner of a home valued at $75,000 will pay $57 more a year in taxes. The district says the money would be used to train more firefighters as paramedics and to buy related equipment, supplementing ambulance service provided by Christian Hospital.

Supporters say the proposition is needed to avoid slower emergency medical response times. Opponents are critical of tax increases.


CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION S

Simple majority required.

Ballot wording: Shall the Board of Directors of the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than twenty five cents per one hundred dollar assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the ambulance service?

Summary: The district wants to increase the property tax by 25 cents per $100 assessed valuation to support ambulance operations. Under this proposition, the annual tax on a home valued at $200,000 could increase by about $95. Some extra revenue would be used to add three employees to staff an additional ambulance the district plans to buy. Officials say the increase also is needed to expand training and maintain quality service without continuing to tap reserve funds.


CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION Y

Four-sevenths majority required.

Ballot wording: Shall the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nineteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($19,500,000) for the purpose of purchasing of real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefore to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?

Summary: The district wants to borrow as much as $19.5 million over the next 20 years to pay for various improvements. A property tax increase of as much as 11.7 cents per $100 assessed valuation would be involved if the entire amount of bonds were sold. The owner of a home valued at $200,000 could pay about $44 more a year if the entire amount of bonds were sold. The work includes either building a new fire station or renovating and upgrading the district's existing fire house #2. Plans also call for a new disaster shelter and administrative center and replacing ladder trucks, fire engines, ambulances, cardiac monitors and other equipment.


METRO-NORTH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION S

Simple majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Board of Directors of the Metro-North Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than thirty-nine cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district?

Summary: The district wants voters to approve an additional property tax of up to 39 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The district says the increase is needed because of a decrease in property values since 2007 and the scheduled end of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant next year. Because of this shortfall, the district has made cuts and dipped into its reserves, which fell from $800,000 in 2010 to about $200,000. If passed, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $74 more a year in property tax. Proponents say without more revenue, further cuts will have to be made which could spur insurance companies to raise rates for property owners. They also say that the reserve fund should be replenished. Opponents criticize increasing taxes.


NORTHEAST AMBULANCE AND FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION

Four-sevenths majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nine Million Dollars 9,000,000 for the purpose of purchasing of real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefor to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?

Summary: The district wants to borrow $9 million to replace the current firehouse with a new facility and to replace ambulances and other emergency equipment and vehicles. If passed, owners of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $64.98 in property tax annually. Officials said the new facility also would serve as a natural disaster relief center for residents. The building would be able to resist seismic and high wind events and have 72-hour independent power operation. Proponents said the current facility, built in 1949 and expanded in 1984, is too small and has a cracked floor in a vehicle bay. That prevents the district from housing heavy equipment there. Ambulances are currently parked outside, requiring medications to be reloaded for each run. There also isn't enough space for training and community classes. Officials said insurance rates in the district would decrease if the upgrades are carried out.


RIVERVIEW FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PROPOSITION A

Simple majority required

Ballot wording: Shall the Board of Directors of the Riverview Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than fifty cents on the one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the District?

Summary: The district wants voters to approve an increase of the annual tax rate of up to 50 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The last tax increase was in 2002. This increase will be used to maintain the present level of service, officials said.

The district says its revenue has dropped approximately $350,000 just in the last budget year due to decreased property values while operating costs have increased. Officials also say call volume has increased by 20 to 25 percent over the last three years. If passed, the owner of a home valued at $50,000 - the average in the district - would pay about $47 more a year in tax.


ST. CHARLES COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT PROPOSITION E

Simple majority required.

Ballot wording: In order to remove cuts both in paramedic staffing and the number of available ambulances, as well as reduce delays in response times to 911 calls that have occurred due to budget cuts, shall the Board of Directors of St. Charles County Ambulance District be authorized to levy an additional general tax of not more than eleven cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation?

Summary: The district wants to increase its property tax rate by 11 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The annual tax on a home valued at $100,000 would increase by $20.90. District officials say reduced property values have limited district revenue and forced its board to make various cuts, including the shutdown of one ambulance base and putting two ambulances out of service.

Proponents say that the proposition is needed to provide quality service to the district.

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FIRE DISTRICTS SEEKING TAX INCREASES IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY - APRIL 8th ELECTION

February 26, 2014 -

ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Several St. Louis County Fire Protection Districts have filed ballot propositions with the St. Louis County Board of Elections, seeking tax increases in the April 8, 2014 General Municipal Elections.

The following is a list of Fire District Propositions that have been filed:

BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION B Shall the Black Jack Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, incur an indebtedness of the District in the amount of Five Million Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand Dollars ($5,365,000) and issue the bonds of said District in evidence thereof for the purpose of purchasing real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and maintaining emergency medical equipment and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment thereof?

BLACK JACK FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION E Shall the board of directors of the Black Jack Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than forty cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of an ambulance service or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician defibrillator program or partial or complete support of an emergency medical technician paramedic first responder program?

CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION S Shall the Board of Directors of the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than twenty five cents per one hundred dollar assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the ambulance service?

CREVE COEUR FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION Y Shall the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nineteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($19,500,000) for the purpose of purchasing of real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefore to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?

METRO-NORTH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION S Shall the Board of Directors of the Metro-North Fire Protection District of St. Louis County, Missouri, be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than thirty-nine cents per one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district?

NORTHEAST AMBULANCE AND FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT - BOND ELECTION
FOUR-SEVENTHS MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION F Shall the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District issue bonds in the amount of Nine Million Dollars 9,000,000 for the purpose of purchasing of real property, constructing, equipping and maintaining fire stations and purchasing and equipping ambulances and fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and auxiliary equipment therefor to carry out the objects and purposes of the District?

RIVERVIEW FIRE DISTRICT
SIMPLE MAJORITY REQUIRED
PROPOSITION A Shall the Board of Directors of the Riverview Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than fifty cents on the one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the District?

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ANDREW WOS PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO TORCHING CARS AT MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

July 20, 2013 - KSDK

CLAYTON - A man accused of deliberately setting vehicles ablaze on the Missouri Baptist University campus earlier this year says he's not guilty.

21 year old Andrew Wos of Eureka is charged with four counts of knowingly burning for incidents that occurred May 1, 2013 in the predawn hours at the parking lot of the school. Two of the crimes are said to have occurred at the nearby Covenant Theological seminary.

No motive has been disclosed as to why Wos set the vehicles on fire. Wos was arraigned on the charges this week and is set to return to court next month for a trial setting.

No one was hurt in any of the fires allegedly set by Wos who was once a student at Missouri Baptist according to police reports.

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Cops: Student Missionary Started Car Fires At Missouri Baptist U

May 15, 2013 - Creve Coeur Patch

CREVE COEUR - Creve Coeur Police say Andrew Wos (Photo left), of Eureka is also responsible for trying to set two other cars ablaze at Covenant Seminary.

The St. Louis County Proesecuting Attorney's office has charged a former South African missionary in connection with four counts related to car fires on the Missouri Baptist University and Covenant Seminary campuses earlier this month.

Andrew Wos, 24, of Eureka, was charged Tuesday with four felony counts of Knowingly Burning Or Exploding, and was scheduled for arraignment in St. Louis County Court Wednesday morning.

Authorities responded to a pair of car fires on the Missouri Baptist University campus May 1 and a few hours later were called nearby to Covenant Seminary, where they found vegetation stuck in the gas well of two cars which had not ignited.

Three days later, Missouri Baptist University officials announced that a suspect had been identified and that the person was a student, but Creve Coeur Police only said soon after that a person of interest had been identified.

Missouri Baptist's student school news outlet Timeline Online identified Wos as having come to MBU after 12 years as a Christian missionary in South Africa. "I love MoBap. I like the size; I think it's just right. I enjoy the level of athleticism on the campus and the general sporty vibe and enthusiasm at games," Wos told the outlet in a story published in January.

A University spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that steps had been taken to prevent the incidents from happening again, but citing federal privacy laws, could not divulge related to any disciplinary action the school may take or may have already taken.

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ELZINGA-BLAIR ENGAGEMENT

March 7, 2013 - Suburban Journal

WILDWOOD - Russell and Gayle Elzinga of Wildwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Jacquelyn Elzinga, to Patrick Alan Blair, son of Charles and Jan Blair of St. Louis County. Russell Elzinga is a retired EMS captain with the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District and Patrick's father is retired battalion chief with the University City Fire Department.

The bride-to-be received a bachelor of arts degree in media communication from Webster University in Webster Groves. She is an afternoon drive radio personality employed by Emmis Communications on KPNT 105.7 The Point. Her fiance is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in media communication from Webster University in Webster Groves and also works as a bar manager at Horseshoe House in University City. A June 22, 2013, wedding is planned.

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FIREFIGHTER, RESIDENT INJURED IN CREVE COEUR APARTMENT FIRE

March 7, 2013 - KMOV

CREVE COEUR - Fire crews battled an early morning 3-alarm apartment fire in Creve Coeur Thursday.

Officials say heavy fire engulfed all three floors of the Oak Forest Apartments on 11028 Oak Forest Parkway Drive. The call came out as a two-alarm fire at 2:20 a.m. before they called for the third alarm shortly before 3 a.m.

Two people including a firefighter working to control the flames, were injured and were transported to area hospitals for treatment.

Apartment residents tell fire officals that as the fire sparked, a male resident ran out of his apartment claiming he fell asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Several fire departments were called in to assist in putting out the large blaze.

The St. Louis Red Cross is helping displaced residents find shelter and clothes.

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CREVE COEUR OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS HONORED

March 6, 2013 - NewsMagazine Network

Creve Coeur-Olivette 2012 Officers of the Year: (from left) Detective Thomas Rich, firefighter/medic Paul Vesselis, CCO Chamber President Teresa Crossland, firefighter/paramedic Justin Schulte and Detective Edward Dulaney

CREVE COEUR - The Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce held its annual Gala Awards Dinner and Auction on Feb. 22 at Orlando's new Maryland Heights location and honored the service of Creve Coeur and Olivette firefighters and police officers.

Creve Coeur Fire Protection District Firefighter/Medic Paul Vessells was recognized as 2012 Firefighter of the Year.

Vessells was honored for his tireless dedication to his profession both on and off duty and for his lengthy training and victorious win in a Guns 'n Hoses boxing match that supports the Backstoppers' organization.

Detective Thomas Rich, of the Creve Coeur Police Department, was honored as the 2012 Police Officer of the Year.

Rich has provided the department with 26 years of exemplary service. He also was honored for solving many high profile cases last year, including many residential burglaries, and for coordinating a retail sting operation in which high-end camera equipment was seized.

Firefighter/Paramedic Private Justin Schulte, of the Olivette Fire Department, and Detective Edward Delaney, of the Olivette Police Department, also were recognized as 2012 Officers of the Year.

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