When it comes to emergencies, we don’t get the option to stay home. On Sunday morning, February 10, 2019, at 5 am New Melle Firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire in our district.
New Melle units responded, the 24-hour paid truck (#8914) and our volunteer truck from Lake Sherwood, along with trucks from Wentzville and a St. Charles County Ambulance. There was no fire found, and units quickly returned in service due to rapidly deteriorating road conditions (ice/sleet/freezing rain.)
After leaving the scene, 8914 proceeded to take county roads in hopes that they were in better condition than the state roads. There ended up being a portion of Foristell road that hadn’t been touched and the crew found out as they went around a curve. Despite their efforts, the pumper ended up in the ditch with damage to the wheel and side of the truck. Thankfully no personnel injuries were sustained.
This is where being a small community really plays out. While waiting on the tow truck, we had multiple people stop to see if we were OK. Neighbors offered coffee and shelter and even a four-wheeler to the crew and stayed to talk to them, on top of snapping a few photos. Due to the damage to the wheel and tire, this truck would’ve ultimately been placed out of service until it could be repaired. Thankfully we live in a community where neighbors help each other out. Porky Joerling Trucking’s mechanics came out and replaced our wheel and tire from their own inventory at their shop so that we could keep our frontline truck in service.
We are very grateful to be a part of such a great community! A big thank you to Ron Hooper and Chris Kluge for fixing our truck, to Porky Joerling Trucking for loaning us the tire and wheel, and Skyline Towing for making us a priority so that we can continue to offer the best service we can when you need us!