Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Check out the roundup of stories related to public safety activity in or near the cities during the month of April.
(For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) In case you missed them, these are the top stories related to police or fire activity published in April 2013 from incidents in Ballwin and Ellisville.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Prepare yourself for the April 2 election by reading Patch's run-downs on each of the candidates.
With the April 2 election day drawing near, Patch wants to make sure voters are able to make informed choices about the two candidates vying for the open seat on the Monarch Fire Protection District’s board of directors by providing their answers to a questionnaire sent out earlier this month. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) The spot on the three-member board left vacant by Kim Evans decision not to seek a second term is being sought by former State Senator Jane Cunningham and former State Representative Cole McNary. Cunningham was redistricted out of the state legislature after she opted not to run in a relocated district, while McNary ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer. Click the links below to see …
Monday, March 4, 2013
After a months-long search, Dan Bruno has just been hired as the West County EMS and Fire Protection District fire marshal.
The West County EMS & Fire Protection District has a new fire marshal. After a candidate search that began last year, Dan Bruno has been named the district's new fire marshal. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes tells Patch, Bruno began his new job Monday, Feb. 25. As previously reported by Patch, the district has been searching to fill the opening after fire marshal Terry DeGuentz resigned from the position on Oct. 4. Rhodes said the district took a different approach to selecting its new fire marshal this time than in years past. Previously, it has typically promoted from within for the position, but this time focused on finding a civilian who is degreed in a qualified field, such as …
Monday, December 3, 2012
West County EMS and Fire crews got the call of the blaze in the Firestone parking lot this weekend. A passerby caught the scene on video.
(WARNING: Some viewers man find some of the language in the video offensive.) A reader emailed Patch this video of a vehicle fire Saturday night that posted on YouTube. West County EMS and Fire Protection District crews tells Patch, they received the call just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday of the fire at 14266 Manchester Road. The arrived at the Firestone near the intersection of Highway 141 and Manchester Road to find this gray pickup truck fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews tell Patch it is a total loss. According to West County, it appears the driver of the truck noticed smoke and flames coming from under the dash and pulled over into the parking lot.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The search comes after former fire marshal Terry DeGuentz resigned in October.
The West County EMS & Fire Protection District is searching for a new fire marshal after Terry DeGuentz resigned from the position on Oct. 4. West County provides fire service for parts of Ballwin. The fire district isn't releasing many details about the resignation citing personnel matters. "We don't discuss personnel issues," Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes tells Patch. "He left on his own accord to pursue other professional options," Deputy Chief Jeff Sadtler tells Patch. "He did just finish his degree." Patch spoke to DeGuentz who confirmed his resignation and said that he recently received his bachelor's degree in fire science. He said after working in the fire field for 28 years, he is going in a "different direction" and is looking to work …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Metro West Fire spokesman said the restaurant's fire suppression system worked correctly.
A morning fire in the kitchen at Bones French Quarter on Manchester Road knocked out regular kitchen service Tuesday, but workers there expect to have the regular menu back on Wednesday. A firefighting crew from Metro West Fire Protection District responded to the blaze early this morning, according to district spokesman Michael Thiemann. He said the kitchen staff was cleaning the grease trap when a fire broke out. "It was contained to the kitchen hood and the fire suppression system worked the way it should," Thiemann said. Firefighters were done with their work at the scene in about 30 minutes. There were no injuries. By 11 a.m., the restaurant was open and hosting customers, but without the regular kitchen menu, according to a waitress…
Friday, January 20, 2012
As one of the year's busiest holidays for his business approaches, store owner Walter Knoll is optimistic about the year ahead.
The sign on the front of the store at Walter Knoll Florist in Ballwin is still partially damaged, though thankfully for the store’s namesake and owner, that may be the only remnant of last year’s damage. A fire occurred on Nov. 22 after a fluorescent sign inside the store overheated and sparked a flame on the surrounding flower arrangements. A passer-by alerted 9/11, which prevented the fire from consuming the store. However, owner Walter Knoll said the smoke and soot made the store inoperable. “Florist do about one third of business between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Knoll said. “The family got together and decided to rebuild the store from scratch as soon as possible.” And they did. The walls, tiles and furniture were replaced, as the …