Wednesday morning, August 19th, units were dispatched to a house on fire in the area of Sugar Hollow Ct. in Lake Sherwood. The exact address wasn’t known by the caller because they were seeing it from a distance. The truck from Station 3, at the entrance to Lake Sherwood, arrived first and found fire coming from the side of the house. The fire was knocked down by the first two New Melle trucks on scene, then our crews (plus those of the arriving neighboring departments) went to work pulling down the ceiling to make sure the fire that had made it into the attic space was extinguished completely. Nobody was home at the time of the fire and it is believed by the fire marshal that a lightning strike nearby had traveled through the propane line into the kitchen and ignited behind the stove. We were assisted on-scene by Augusta, Marthasville, Wentzville, and Wright City Fire Protection Districts, and Lake St. Louis Fire covered our Station 1.
5/13/15 Highway T Motor Vehicle Accident
You may have seen this incident on the news. Back on May 13th, two vehicles hit head-on near Lippold Lane on Highway T. The two occupants of the black car both climbed from their vehicle and had moderate injuries. The two occupants of the white car were trapped in their vehicle with serious injuries. They were extricated by New Melle Firefighters and both flown to a trauma center by helicopter. Multiple St. Charles County Ambulance District units were on scene treating the patients. We were assisted by a crew from Wright City Fire Protection District and personnel from Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department who were in the area at the time of the crash. We are happy to report both occupants of the white car are improving during their long hospital stays.
5/29/15 Lightning Strike to House
At the height of Friday night’s downpours, our crews were sent to a fire alarm at a residence off of Highway T. They found that the house had been struck by lightning. The power of the strike actually blew the drywall down off the ceiling in the master bedroom and started a small fire in the attic. The fire was quickly extinguished.
New Melle Fire Rescue Firefighters Announce 2015 Scholarship Winners
The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters have a private account, the Firefighters Fund, which is funded from time to time with donations from the public or from small fundraisers of their own. This account is in no way funded from any tax dollars.
The New Melle Fire Rescue volunteer and paid firefighters decided for the eleventh year in a row that they wished to offer a scholarship opportunity from their Firefighters Fund, which could be applied for by any resident within the geographic district covered by NMFPD. The opportunity was open to anyone, regardless of age, who was applying for any higher education program. While this scholarship could be applied to a full-time college education program, it could just as well be applied to a technical school curriculum or an EMT course, etc.
In addition, the full-time paid firefighters of New Melle FPD decided to chip in and offer an additional donation from their own separate fund, again a private account that is in no way funded from tax dollars. They were motivated to do this based on the significant public response to the program in previous years, and their additional donation enabled the department to match last year’s scholarship total of $1,000. This year, the $1,000 will again be offered as two (2) $500 scholarships, benefiting two (2) recipients.
A firefighter-based committee recently reviewed the eligible applications received. The review process this year was a significant challenge, as always. The applicants had outstanding records of academic achievement, along with profiles of numerous extracurricular and volunteer activities. Many accomplished all that while working part time as well. But after deliberation, the committee determined that the recipients of the two $500 scholarships offered this year are Darby Schmidt who lives on Highway F in Defiance, and Dava Hummel who lives on Old Log Cabin Trail in Marthasville.
Darby Schmidt is enrolled to attend Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS in the field of agribusiness with a minor in marketing; she then has plans to pursue her masters degree in Agricultural and Consumer Sciences, with hopes of having a career in marketing for an agricultural firm. She is a graduate of Francis Howell where she was very active in DECA, FBLA, cheerleading and student council, with many special recognitions. She was also very active in 4-H, having been raised and working on the local family farm. In addition to various 4-H awards, she also served as the 2010 4-H St. Charles County Queen. Even while working hard in school and extracurricular activities, and at the farm, Darby found time to volunteer her time to many places in the area such as her church, Our Lady’s Inn, kids’ day camps, etc. Darby views her greatest academic achievement to date as having been selected as a delegate for the Missouri Agribusiness Academy.
Dava Hummel is a junior at Southeast Missouri State, enrolled in the biology field, Pre-Physician Assistant Program. It is her goal to use that bachelor’s degree as a base to become a Physician Assistant. Dava’s passion for providing value to patients in the healthcare field began in her junior year of high school when she participated in the St. Luke’s hospital career program for students. Now she pursues her goal with a strong college grade point average, and as a member in college honors societies, while she also finds time to volunteer through the Student Medical Society to help with blood drives, bone marrow donation programs, etc. She also volunteers in the ER department at Southeast Hospital. If that’s not enough, she is currently pursuing her EMT certification in order to get a job at an ambulance station and get better firsthand experience in emergency healthcare provision.
We have some talented, hard-working people in our community, and Darby Schmidt and Dava Hummel are surely two of them. The New Melle Fire Rescue firefighters congratulate Darby and Dava on their commendable successes to date, and wish them all the best in future collegiate work. They also wish to thank all of the other scholarship applicants for their submissions, and wish them the best in their future endeavors as well.
4/25/15 Highway Z Motor Vehicle Accident
Last Saturday, April 25th, units were dispatched to a head-on vehicle accident on Highway Z. There were a total of 7 patients involved. 6 were in the van and 2 of them had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life. 1 person was in the pickup. All patients were transported to hospitals in a timely fashion thanks to St. Charles County Ambulance District.
April 19, 2015 House Fire
Last year we showed how a fire sprinkler system saved a building. Now we’ll show a fire alarm system that paid for itself. Around 4 AM on Sunday morning, New Melle units were dispatched to a fire alarm sounding at a house used by a local company for employee retreats. When our full-time crew arrived, they found smoke coming from the house and fire in the wet bar area. The fire was quickly extinguished before it could spread. An ice machine had malfunctioned and started the fire. Nobody was at the house, so if it wasn’t for the alarm system, the fire would have spread unchecked and consumed the building before anyone even noticed it.
3/14/15 Motor Vehicle Accident on Highway D
Saturday morning, March 14th, units responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway D near Hopewell Road. Arriving personnel found one vehicle off the road and into a utility pole. Luckily, the driver was not hurt enough to even want any treatment from the ambulance paramedics. Our crew remained on scene until the power lines were removed from the road by Ameren.
1/14/2015 Vehicle Runs Into Tractor on Highway T
Wednesday night, January 14th, New Melle and Wentzville fire units responded to a vehicle that had run into a tractor on Highway T. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.
12/11/14 Highway D Vehicle Accident
Thursday night, December 11th, firefighters responded to a single vehicle accident on Highway D at Sneak Road. A pickup truck was found to have overturned. The driver was already out of the truck and had suffered non life-threatening injuries.