Friday, April 5, 2013
VIDEO: Senior and junior Eureka High School students witnessed a mock demonstration Thursday of three fatalities and injuries at an accident scene caused by alcohol-related reasons. Eureka fire, police, medical responders and MADD led it.
Eureka High School students will participate in the 2013 prom Saturday night. Local emergency personnel, police officers, firefighters, school leaders and parents want all students to arrive back home safely after a night of celebration. They hope they arrive home in a vehicle, rather than in a body bag. To remind and show students exactly what's at stake, local authorities hosted a demonstration on the Eureka High parking lot Thursday morning of a mock accident in which a drunk driver hit prom-goers. Students watched as three teenage fatalities were discovered and only one, very injured survivor was airlifted off by the ARCH helicopter team. This is the 20th year for local emergency crews and law enforcers to host Drunk-U-Drama at Eureka …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Prepare for the April 2 election by reading Patch's rundowns on each of the candidates.
One spot on the three-member Eureka Fire Protection District (EFPD) board of directors will be decided during the April 2 election. Incumbent Butch Oberkramer has served on the board since 1983; he currently chairs it. Eureka resident Wally Wuelling is the other candidate. Editor's Note: The candidates received an identical questionnaire via email and were each given the same amount of time to reply. Occupation: Project Manager at Kelpe Contracting Education: Graduate of the Eureka High School, Veteran U.S. Army Age, Family (spouse): 64 years old, wife Marilyn Years lived in Eureka: Entire life. Please provide a summary of your background, highlighting community involvement: Reasons for running for Eureka Fire Protection District Board…
Friday, March 1, 2013
A House Springs woman received moderate injuries in an early Thursday morning accident on Interstate 44 near Eureka.
A 28-year-old House Springs woman was taken to Mercy Hospital for moderate injuries after the sports utility vehicle she was in overturned at 4:10 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 44 near Eureka. Rene Harrison was a passenger in a 2002 Chevrolet Tracker, which was driven by Union resident Anthony Sansone. Sansone is 25 years old. He was driving westbound on I-44, east of mile marker 259.4, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident report, when he said he swerved to the left to avoid a deer in the roadway. Sansone's SUV then struck the concrete median wall, and overturned on the right side. Both SUV occupants were wearing seat belts, officials stated. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment by the Eureka Fire Protection …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Fliers left around Eureka by an independent entrepreneur confused residents. Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey and Board of Aldermen redirected the situation at Tuesday's board meeting.
Any Eureka resident who recently received a flier about painting home addresses onto individual street curbs for $10 each may want to know it was not a city-funded or city-authorized endeavor. The service, designed to aid emergency responders in finding residences during incidences, was being offered by a private individual. Painter Brett Crawford addressed Eureka's board of aldermen at Tuesday's board meeting to explain the project, answer questions and ask for permission to finish the curb assignments he had secured. Ward 3 alderman Don Beckerle said many residents questioned the validity of the service, with the flier containing no name or phone numbers for contacting. Mayor Kevin Coffey said he received inquiries about who or what …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Eureka Fire Protection Department firefighters handled a gas leak at the Lion's Choice restaurant in Eureka Wednesday evening.
Anyone passing by Lion's Choice in Eureka at approximately 5:45 p.m. Wednesday saw six to seven fire trucks surrounding the restaurant. Eureka Fire Protection District Chief Greg Brown told Patch a gas leak inside the restaurant prompted the need to evacuate the diner so firefighters could locate and shut off the gas. More details to follow.
Friday, December 21, 2012
He was a Mason and one of the men who ensured a fire department was established in Eureka. Visitation will start from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday at the Schrader Funeral Home in Eureka.
Paul Harris died Wednesday at age 78. He was the husband of Dortha Harris (nee Arthur). He was the father of Vicky (Robert "Bob") Ragland and Vi (Michael) Biega. He was grandfather of Brittany Biega, Bradley Biega, Robert Ragland and Allyson Ragland. He was the brother of Ruby Brown, Susie Lewis, Eula Harris and E.W. (Jerri) Harris. He was the brother-in-law of Ray (Wanda) Arthur. The Missouri Fire Funeral assistance team is helping Eureka Fire Protection District representatives with services for this retired firefighter and board member. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Schrader Funeral Home, 108 North Central in Eureka, as well as from 1-2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church at 601 North Central Avenue before funeral …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Tickets are on sale for the annual Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses boxing matches amongst area firefighters and police officers at Scottrade Center Nov. 21. Proceeds benefit The Backstoppers, a nonprofit that helps responders' families.
Budweiser Guns 'N Hoses features three-round boxing matches between area police officers and firefighters to raise money for The BackStoppers, Inc., an organization that provides immediate financial aid and long-term financial and other support to the families of emergency responsers who lose their lives in the line of duty. This annual fundraiser is held in the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis on Thanksgiving Eve, which this year will be Nov. 21. Tickets are $20 and $30 each. The event starts at 7 p.m. Two Eureka Fire Protection District firefighters will compete in this year's boxing matches: Jimmy D’Angelo and Joe Stocker. One Monarch Fire Protection District firefighter also will compete: Steve Kirdy. To secure tickets, call …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Eureka Emergency Management (CERT) is a cooperative effort of Eureka, Eureka Police Department and the Eureka Fire Protection District.
Add 18 more community leaders to the list of those who are residential emergency responders. The new batch of Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) assistants graduated on Oct. 29. Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the full demand for these services. Factors, such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages, will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. The concept behind CERT is that people will have to rely on each other for help to meet their immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs. Eureka Police Department Chief Michael Wiegand said CERT class participants …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Saturday reflects the 26th annual Smoke Detector Day held in the Eureka Fire Protection District. Look at how many alarms and batteries have been donated and installed in homes since the initiative was started.
Eureka Fire Protection District firefighters will visit a specific area of the district Saturday, Nov. 3, to check smoke detectors. This event is done twice each year to concede with daylight saving time, said Deputy Chief Randy Gabel. Firefighters and team members will go door-to door on Jim Weber Road and roads located off of that area this year to ask homeowners if their smoke detectors are working. Firefighters will ask to come in and inspect the smoke detectors, said Gabel. "If a new battery is needed, one will be installed. If the home does not have a working smoke detector, a new one will be installed for free," he said. "To date we have visited over 2862 homes, installed 429 smoke alarms and given out 888 batteries." The smoke …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Local firefighters and specialists in water rescue are heading to the East Coast Tuesday to assist with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Four Eureka Fire Protection District and three Metro West Fire Protection District firefighters who specialize in water rescue head to the East Coast Tuesday (today) to assist with issues caused by Superstorm Sandy. They are being deployed as part of Missouri Task Force 1, which comprises 80 personnel and more than 100,000 pounds of equipment. They also are authorized to add additional water rescue components, according to a news release issued by Gale blomenkamp, burea director of Boone County Fire Protection District, which serves as the headquarters for Missouri Task Force 1. Task force members are headed to Herndon, VA, to stage and await their mission assignment, stated the release. They hope to get into position by 5 p.m. today. The …