ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Some ran into burning buildings. Some battled the Mississippi River. Some revived heart attack victims. All are St. Louis Fire Department members and they were honored today for saving someone’s life in the past year.
47 firefighters and paramedics, and one dispatcher, received certificates from the Lifesaving Foundation and salute and handshake from St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, “150,000 calls a year and these guys and women are on the street every day and it does happen every day. We look at it as that’s the job they’re paid to do and that’s the job they want to do.
“It’s the ability of the men and women of the fire and EMS department in the city of St. Louis to remain calm in a stressful situation”
Firefighter Steve Nienhaus kept calm when, while off duty, he saw a vehicle go into the River Des Peres with a man slumped over at the wheel, “The truck was sinking so I dove in and grabbed him out of his car and drug him out to shore.”
Nienhaus credits his ability to think quickly, and take the life saving action, to fire department training.
Firefighter Dale Wells, who pulled a person from a burning apartment, says when the situation arises it’s about adrenaline and focus, “Found somebody. We’re doing our job. Doing it the right way. Trying to make a difference.”
The Lifesaving Foundation helps fund equipment for the department it would otherwise not be able to afford. Click here to find out more.