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Honoring first responders

Lake Saint Louis officials will hold a recognition ceremony on May 18 to recognize police, fire, and ambulance personnel particularly their role in rescuing three 14-year-old boys who fell through the ice at Lake Sainte Louise in January.

City officials had discussed hold a ceremony on May 30 but changed their minds due to scheduling conflicts. Instead the ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 18 at the Veteran’s Memorial, which is adjacent to city hall on Civic Park Drive.

Police Chief Mike Force said the “First Responder Day” ceremony will involve awards responders from the Lake Saint Louis police and fire departments, Wentzville Fire Department, St. Charles County Department of Dispatch and Alarm, and the St. Charles County Ambulance District.

Among the expected participants are Lake Saint Louis Mayor Kathy Schweikert, Force, Lake Saint Louis Fire Chief Chris Fey, Wentzville Fire Chief Michael Marlo, Battalion Chief Jeremy Hollrah with the county Ambulance District, and Jeff Smith, director the county’s Department of Dispatch and Alarm.

The responders all played a role in the rescue of the three boys who fell through the ice. One of the boys, John Smith, spent 15 minutes underwater before being rescued. Smith recovered after being transported to a hospital.

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