Community Interest

HERO Awards Presented at Council Meeting for Defiance Tornado Response

On December 19, 2022, St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil and the Council, as a whole, sponsored a resolution designating certain volunteers and organizations each as a St. Charles County Council HERO (Honoring Exemplary Residents Officially.)

Visit the St. Charles County Website and click on the County Council tab to read the resolution and view the County Council meeting. The presentation takes place at the beginning of the meeting. The following is taken from St. Charles County Resolution 22-14.

“The St. Charles County Council wishes to acknowledge citizens and organizations that demonstrated exceptional caring, generosity and thoughtfulness through their contributions to lifting the human spirit. Neither acting in the capacity of an appointed board member, candidate or elected official nor receiving compensation for their public-spirited actions.

The designation of HERO by the St. Charles County Council publicly honors such individuals and organizations for responding to the tornado that hit the Defiance area around 7 p.m. on December 10, 2021. The tornado caused widespread devastation, including the destruction of homes and outbuildings, and resulted in one fatality.

That evening and the following days, up to 100 first responders and volunteers, both residents and organizations, worked into the morning rescuing people, saving horses and livestock, clearing roads, removing fallen trees and pulling debris from the trees and across fields.

The following individuals and organizations each exemplify the definition of HERO in performing these acts of service. The designation of HERO by the St. Charles County Council is hereby given to Jen Ham, Tom Shaw Jr., Tony and Karen Frisella, Kell Brazil, John Stephens, Dave & Stephanie Muehling, Dr. & Mrs. Devereux, Dr. Baxter, Dr. Ellis, Dr. Mrad, Dr. Hoover, Joel Ellis, Wildschuetz Brothers, Inc., Angela Stephens, Crossroads Construction, Howell & Sons Excavating, Karrenbrock Construction, TD Ward, Red Soset, Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, St. Paul’s UCC - Defiance, Daniel Boone 4H, and the Lake St. Louis Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.”

Jen Ham and other recipients of the HERO award felt that Councilman Joe Brazil should also receive an award for all he did to assist in the recovery from the tornado. Joe is not eligible to receive the HERO award because he is a public official. The town of Defiance came up with its own award and presented it to Joe. It reads - Certificate of Appreciation - Joe Brazil has earned this certificate for the outstanding and hard work he provided to his community after the tornado hit on December 10, 2021, as he was the True Hero of that day, signed: The People of Defiance, MO.

Jen shared on her Facebook page, “As many of you know, Joe was the main organizer of everything we had to aid in the cleanup. From calling in the heavy equipment, contacting the county on what we needed, organizing the volunteer tent, and so much more. Joe was in the field, working as much as everyone else. His dedication and love for this community are amazing. And that day and weeks to follow, he was the TRUE HERO. We have the best County Councilman there is. Thank you, Joe, for all you do for this community.”


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The HERO award recipients for the Defiance Tornado response. 


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Certificate of Appreciation for Joe Brazil
from the town of Defiance.