Allison Adams wanted to be a firefighter since she was a little girl.
For firefighter/paramedic Chad Ham, being able to help someone in a moment of need is the greatest job satisfaction there is.
It is with profound sadness that the O’Fallon Fire Protection District announces the passing of Battalion Chief Melvin A. Emge. Battalion Chief Emge passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at the age of 61.
Battalion Chief Emge proudly served his community with compassion and dedication for 44 years. He was an esteemed member of IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) Local 2665 and FFAM (Fire Fighters Association of Missouri).
Battalion Chief Emge is survived by his wife Mary, his daughter Katie and his son Tony.
Visitation will be held Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 from 1 to 8 p.m. at Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385. There will be a Uniformed Firefighter walk-through at 7:15 p.m. Casket vigil honors will be afforded during the entire visitation.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church, 403 North Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery in St. Paul, MO.
Departments wishing to have apparatus participate in the procession, please contact Battalion Chief Rick Miller at 636-262-6448.
Battalion Chief Andy Parrish is the recipient of the 2019 O’Fallon Fire Protection District William F. Westoff Firefighter of the Year Award. Since joining the O’Fallon Fire Protection District in 1991 as a volunteer firefighter, Parrish has been a transformational member of the team.
For Kenny Gales, his decision to become a career firefighter/paramedic came after a devastating family loss.
While firefighter/paramedic Kyle Chadwell might not have officially joined the O’Fallon Fire Protection District until May 2019, he says he’s had the opportunity to get to know the crew through ride-alongs and at various community outreach events before becoming an official member of the team.
Brett Tichenor didn’t start out working in the fire service.