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BATTALION CHIEF RETIREMENT


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March 17, 2016 - Professional Firefighters of Eureka Fire District Community Outreach Facebook

EUREKA, MO. - Today we say goodbye to our friend and mentor, Battalion Chief Trower, as he starts the next chapter of his life.

After 44 years of service with the Eureka Fire Protection District, Battalion Chief Trower completed his last shift this morning. We would like to wish Battalion Chief Trower the best of luck on his retirement!

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HOME LEVELED FOLLOWING EXPLOSION IN EUREKA

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Firefighters at the scene of a house fire in Eureka on Feb. 17. (Credit: KMOV)

February 17, 2016 - KMOV

EUREKA, MO. - Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in Eureka, Missouri.

Firefighters say there was an explosion at the home on Grandview Trail around 12:30. The explosion could be seen and heard for miles, authorities told News 4.

No one was home at the time of the explosion and there were no injuries reported.

Fire crews say there is no access to water, so they had to call in pumper trucks from around the area. Nearly fifty firefighters were called in to battle the blaze.

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EUREKA FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN TWO DAYS FROM RISING FLOODWATER


A man and his dog were rescued from a rooftop of a submerged home south of Eureka on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. The area is near Highway W, 109 and the Meramec River Bridge. Screen grab from KTVI (Channel 2)

December 30, 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch By Kim Bell, Steve Giegerich

EUREKA - Firefighters have rescued scores of people in the Eureka area in the last two days, including those plucked from the roofs of homes and cars.

Some of the victims were wet and cold and suffering from hypothermia. No major injuries were reported.

One man was rescued along with his dog from the rooftop of his home Wednesday morning after spending the night on the roof. Rescuers were summoned by relatives worried about him. Floodwater was up to the eaves of the home.

In another, a man balancing on his submerged pickup truck tossed a rope to rescuers. The Eureka Fire Protection District had extended a ladder to him, then dragged his truck to dry land.

Scott Barthelmass, public information officer with the Eureka fire district, estimated "well over 20 rescues" Wednesday and "probably 50 rescues in the past two days." Most of the rescues involved multiple people and sometimes animals.

"The first one (Tuesday) morning was at 4:15 a.m. and we've done nonstop since," he said.

As he tried to tally the number as of noon Wednesday, Barthelmass added: "We have four going on right now."

The district covers 82 square miles, not just within the city limits of Eureka.

"We've had rescues in unincorporated St. Louis County, Jefferson County, Eureka, the Wildwood area," he said.

As floodwater rose, the early rescues were of people who drove into standing water.

"Hopefully we're done with people driving into water," he said. "I think we're challenged now with people staying in their homes too long."

"We are finding a large number of people stayed in their residences and the water is at historic levels," he said. "It's at a desperate point and they need to get out."

In the span of less than two hours Wednesday, three rescues were televised on KTVI (Channel 2).

Barthelmass said he understands people might feel desperate to find a detour, but their bad choices have put rescuers in jeopardy.

The man and dog rescued from the rooftop were near Highway W, 109 and the Meramec River Bridge. The area is south of Eureka, near the Jefferson County line. Footage from a helicopter showed the man pulling his dog into a rescue boat, then toppling into the water. He was pulled back into the boat, wet and cold, by rescuers.

The man on the roof of his pickup truck was in Old Town Eureka area, south of Interstate 44, on Highway 109. Floodwater was almost up to the bed of his pickup. He camped out on the hood while the firefighters got their ladder truck in place. Barthelmass said the man was a business owner who had lingered too long at his business before evacuating.

"A lot of people have a hard time in their mind, they think they can protect their property and they stay until the last possible minute," Barthelmass said.

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FLOOD WATCHES ACROSS THE ST. LOUIS REGION

June 18, 2015 - KTVI BY ROCHE MADDEN, JEFF BERNTHAL, CHRIS HIGGINS AND ANNE ELISE PARKS

MEHLVILLE, MO. - More rain in the forecast over the next few days means all eyes are on localized flooding and the possibility for flash flooding.

Rivers in the St. Louis area continue to rise. The Meramec River has marched out of its banks and flooded George Winter Park near Fenton. Picnic tables have become islands surrounded by water. The main gates are closed and locked no one is allowed in the park.

"We tend to have a lot of water rescues," said Scott Barthelmass, a spokesman for the Eureka Fire Department.

At Eureka Fire Station Number One, crews were making sure everything is ready for any swift water rescues. The department has three boats and special equipment necessary to save the lives of folks who are trapped in rising waters.

"We're expecting in the next 36 hours, moderate to major flooding in the outlying area," said Fire Capt. Phil Goode.

He said firefighters train every year at nearby Six Flags on the Thunder River attraction.

"Very important we have to keep up with current techniques and make sure our equipment is ready to go," Goode said.

The Big River in House Springs has moved more than 100 feet out of its banks in just one day. The river is now in Sandi Metts' backyard.

"We do have a back way to get out of here," she said.

People who live nearby the rising river are not worried. Even during the great flood of '93, Metts' home was high and dry. Still, she enjoys watching Mother Nature in action.

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PACIFIC WOMAN GETS 5-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CRASH THAT KILLED OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTER


Jael M. Clem, 40, of Pacific, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed an off-duty firefighter.

June 10, 2015 - Call News By Susan Weich

FRANKLIN COUNTY - A Pacific woman who was drunk when she was involved in a crash that killed an off-duty Eureka firefighter has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Jael M. Clem, 40, of the 2000 block of Green Oak Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter. Circuit Judge Gael Wood handed down the sentence.

The plea was part of a deal with prosecutors that included dismissing two other charges - armed criminal action and misdemeanor child endangerment - said Franklin County Prosecutor Robert Parks.

Clem was driving drunk when she collided with a vehicle driven by off-duty Eureka firefighter Gregory Light on Highway O in Franklin County about 9:45 p.m. on March 7, 2014.

Light, 49, of Catawissa in Franklin County, died at the scene. The Missouri Highway Patrol said Clem was driving a 2010 Audi Q5 east on Highway O near Jefferson Street when she attempted to pass a vehicle and struck the front of a westbound 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by Light.

Clem's car flipped over and stopped in the eastbound lanes. Light's car traveled off the left side of the road.

Clem's daughter, Yasmin Clem, 11, was a passenger in the car. She was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur for treatment. The Clems were wearing seat belts; Light was not.

According to charges, a state trooper drew Jael Clem's blood twice at the hospital: the first result was 0.139 percent; the second 0.114 percent.

The limit to drive a vehicle in Missouri and Illinois is .08 percent.

Light, who had served the Eureka Fire Protection District for 27 years, helped train emergency medical technicians and paramedics and served on several local and national committees.

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FIREFIGHTER RAISING MONEY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS MO.

January 26, 2015 - KSDK Brandie Piper, KSDK-TV

ST. LOUIS - A Eureka Fire Department employee is raising money for Special Olympics Missouri by taking a shocking 24 dips into the Lake of the Ozarks within a 24-hour period.

Last year, firefighter and public information officer Scott Barthelmass raised $4,500, which funded 11 Special Olympics athletes. His goal this year is to raise even more money to support more athletes while participating in Super Plunge Feb. 27 and 28.

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SPACE HEATER SPARKS EUREKA HOUSE FIRE


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January 1, 2014 - KSDK

EUREKA - A space heater is to blame for sparking a house fire in Eureka.

It happened just before 8 a.m. Thursday in the 700 block of Top Notch Lane. Investigators say the fire started in the basement.

Firefighters from Eureka and five other communities battled the fire.

One resident suffered minor burns on his hands trying to put out the fire on his own.

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LIGHTNING SPARKS FIRE AT EUREKA HOME

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July 8, 2014 - KSDK

EUREKA, MO. - As storms moved across the St. Louis area Monday, lighting sparked a house fire in Eureka.

Scott Barthelmass with the Eureka Fire Department says the fire happened at a home in the 400 block of Eagle Pointe Landing around 8:15 p.m. Neighbors saw flames and called 911.

The home sustained fire, water, and smoke damage. Everybody got out of the home safely.

Firefighters say it was one of several homes struck by lightning in the area.

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PACIFIC WOMAN WAS DRUNK IN CRASH THAT KILLED OFF-DUTY EUREKA FIREFIGHTER, POLICE SAY

May 14, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

ST. LOUIS - A Pacific woman has been indicted in a crash in March that killed an off-duty Eureka firefighter.

Jael M. Clem, 39, (photo left) of the 2000 block of Green Oak Street, was indicted by a grand jury May 29 on charges of involuntary manslaughter, armed criminal action and misdemeanor child endangerment.

Charges say Clem was driving while intoxicated when she collided with a vehicle driven by off-duty Eureka firefighter Gregory Light (photo right) on Highway O in Franklin County about 9:45 p.m. on March 7.

Light, 49, of Catawissa in Franklin County, died at the crash scene. The Missouri Highway Patrol said Clem was driving a 2010 Audi Q5 east on Highway O near Jefferson Street when she attempted to pass a vehicle and struck the front of a westbound 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by Light.

Clem's car flipped over and stopped in the eastbound lanes. Light's car traveled off the left side of the road.

Clem's daughter, Yasmin Clem, 11, was a passenger in the car. She was taken to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur for treatment. The Clems were wearing seat belts; Light was not. According to charges, a state trooper drew Jael Clem's blood twice at the hospital, the first result being .139 percent, the second being .114 percent.

The limit to drive a vehicle in Missouri and Illinois is .08 percent.

Light, who had served the Eureka Fire Protection District for 27 years, helped train emergency medical technicians and paramedics and served on several local and national committees.

Clem was booked Monday at the Franklin County Jail and was released after posting a surety of a $50,000 bail.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC

April 21, 2014 - Eureka Fire Protection District

The Eureka Fire Protection District will be accepting Applications and Resumes for the position of Full-time Firefighter Paramedic until April 30th at 4:30pm. Applications are available on line at www.efpd.org or at the District Headquarters 4849 Hwy 109 in Eureka, Monday - Friday between 8am 4:30pm. Application and Resume must be turned into the District Headquarters by 4:30 pm on April 30, 2014.

All applicants must be a licensed Paramedic in the State of Missouri, must be a licensed driver and prior Fire Service Experience is desirable, Documentation of above is required. Applicants must provide current back ground check from the State of Missouri.

The evaluation process will begin 0830 hours on May 6th, 2014 with a written examination; applicants must score 70% on written in order to continue in process. Other process components will take place on May 7th and/or 8th starting at 0800 hours. The Eureka Fire Protection District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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EUREKA FIREFIGHTER LAID TO REST

March 13, 2014 - KSDK

EUREKA - A Eureka firefighter has been laid to rest.

Greg Light died Friday. He was off-duty when a suspected drunk driver slammed into his car.

Photojournalist Randy Schwentker was in eureka for Thursday's service.

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WOMAN IN CRASH THAT KILLED FIREFIGHTER ARRESTED FOR DWI

March 8, 2014 - KSDK

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - A 38-year-old Pacific woman has been arrested under the suspicion of DWI for his involvement in a head-on collision that killed a 27-year veteran of the Eureka Fire Protection District.

Jael Clem is charged with manslaughter, second degree assault and driving while intoxicated.

Eureka firefighter Greg Light - who was off-duty at the time of the crash - was driving westbound on Route O. Clem, who was in the eastbound lane, allegedly tried to pass another driver, hitting Light's car head-on. Light was not wearing a seatbelt.

An 11-year-old passenger in Clem's car was seriously injured, and Light was pronounced dead on the scene.

An investigation is ongoing, and no additional information was immediately available.

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OFF-DUTY EUREKA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN A THREE-VEHICLE CRASH IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

March 8, 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - An off-duty Eureka firefighter, Gregory Light, died in a three-vehicle crash on Route O in Franklin County on Friday night.

Light, 49, of Catawissa, Mo., was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:18 p.m.

Light served with the Eureka Fire Department for 27 years. He was active in EMT and paramedic training, the junior firefighter program and other fire related training programs. Light was also chairman of the Missouri Emergency Cardiac Care Committee for the American Heart Association. Survivors include his wife, Faith, a son, Justin, who is a Eureka firefighter, and a daughter, Samantha. The Missouri Highway Patrol gave this account of the accident:

A 2010 Audi Q5 driven by Jael M. Clem, 38, of Pacific, was traveling eastbound on Route O when she attempted to pass a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic driven by Edward N. Fox, 23, of Pacific. Clem's vehicle struck the front of a westbound 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by Light. Clem's vehicle overturned and came to rest in the eastbound lanes. Light's vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway. Clem's passenger, Yasmin Clem, 11, of Pacific, was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, where she was listed in serious condition Saturday.

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