Public Safety Director's Spotlight - National Heroism Award Nominations

Weekly update on department news and details on upcoming events in #STL City

March 27, 2015 | 6 min reading time


National Heroism Award Nominations

Late last year, three off-duty St. Louis firefighters came to the aid of three occupants that were trapped in a fiery vehicular crash at Humboldt & North Broadway.  It was while traveling to their respective fire stations that the trio had observed the incident and managed to rescue all three occupants without the usage of their personal protective equipment or any tools.  Firefighters Vincent Smith, Licole McKinney and Frank Carter have been selected as top finalists for the National Liberty Mutual Firemark Heroism Award. Starting on Wednesday, April 1, the public will be able to vote for their choice to win the Grand Prize. You will be able to read about all the finalists at and vote once a day, up to a total number of 30 votes during the voting period.  Look for more information about this in next week's Spotlight.

Upcoming Events

March 27 -- Art Exhibit Opening, Bruno David Gallery6 to 9 p.m.

The "Max Starkloff:  A Retrospective" Exhibition will open at 6 p.m. this Friday at Bruno David Gallery, located at 3721 Washington Boulevard in Midtown. This will be the first public exhibition of Mr. Starkloff's paintings since 1969. He died in 2010.  Dozens of Starkloff's paintings have appeared in exhibitions over the years. One of his best known is "Man and His Rock" inspired by the Greek Myth of Sisyphus.   Admission is free. For more information, please call (314) 588-7090.

March 27-29 -- 10th African Film Festival, Washington University in St. Louis7 to 9 p.m. Washington University's African Film Festival this weekend will offer the best and latest in African cinema.  Short films, followed by feature films, will be shown nightly at 7 p.m. Saturday's Youth Matinee will begin at 1 p.m.and will feature South African filmmakers. For complete details, visit

Mar. 27 – Fish Fry Friday

The Lenten Fish Fries on Fridays will soon be coming to an end.  If you haven't had a chance to stop by one of them, here are a few for your consideration:

*St. Alphonsus Rock Church, 1118 N. Grand

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*McMurphy's Cafe at St. Patrick Center, 800 N. Tucker Blvd.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*St. Mary Magdalen, Knights of Columbus 453, 4911 Sutherland
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

March 28 -- 2015 St. Louis Undy Run/Walk, Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The 2015 St. Louis Undy Run/Walk will take place this Saturday in beautiful Forest Park, at the Upper Muny Parking Lot.  On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.  The 5K will step off at 9 a.m. and 1K fun run will begin at 9:10 a.m.  Adult registration the day of the race is $40.  Your participation in the Undy Run/Walk will help the Colon Cancer Alliance and its local partners fight colorectal cancer in critical ways.  To learn more, visit the web site.

March 28 – Fight for Air Climb 2015, Metropolitan Square, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Experience the climb of your life this Saturday by participating in Fight for Air Climb 2015 at the Metropolitan Square Building in beautiful downtown St. Louis.  The registration fee is $30, with proceeds benefiting the American Lung Association in its fight for healthy lungs and clean air.  Met Square is located at 211 N. Broadway.  For more information, visit the web site.

March 28 – 20th Annual Egg Hunt, Lindenwood Park, 1 p.m.

Timothy Lutheran Church will hold its 20th Annual Egg Hunt at Lindenwood Park this Saturday.  Registration will begin at Noon, followed by activity options of Arts/Crafts, games, face painting, balloons, and more!  The Egg Hunt will begin at 1 p.m.  Lindenwood Park is located at the intersection of Jamieson & Pernod.  For more information, please call (314) 781-8673 or visit the web site.

March 28 – 4th Annual Lupulin Carnival, 4 Hands Brewing Co., 2 to 6 p.m.

The 4th Annual Lupulin Carnival will take place this Saturday at 4 Hands Brewing Co., 1220 South 8th Street in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.  Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, food trucks, a wide variety of carnival acts and beer from both local and out-of-state breweries.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the games will benefit HOPE for Young Adults with Cancer.  For ticket information and more details, visit the web site.

March 28 -- Free Landlord Training, North Newstead Association, 10 a.m. to Noon

The North Newsteead Association will be providing free Landlord Training this Saturday at its office located at 4601 Pope.  The topic of the two-hour training session will be Property management Practices, and the facilitator will cover the basics of property management.  The event is free of charge and open tot he public.  For more details, visit the web site or call the office at (314) 385-4343

March 28 -- Earth Hour, worldwide, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time

People in more than 162 countries and territories worldwide will turn off their lights this Saturday for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time to raise awareness about climate change. Everyone is invited to participate in Earth Hour. To learn more about this initiative, visit the web site.

March 29 –Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises, Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., times vary

Journey to a time when steamboats ruled the Mississippi River on a Gateway Arch Riverboat sightseeing cruise.  The narrator on the one-hour cruise will explore the history of downtown St. Louis landmarks and architecture, and the role the working river plays today.  Call (877) 982-1410 for availability, as cruise times vary throughout the day.  Visit to book your ride.

April 1 -- 9th Annual Fair Housing Month Kick Off Celebration, O'Fallon Recreation Center, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The City of St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency will hold its 9th Annual Fair Housing Month Kick Off Celebration on Wednesday, April 1, beginning at 4:30 p.m.  This year's ceremony will take place at O'Fallon Recreation Center, 4343 West Florissant in the O'Fallon neighborhood.  Need more information?  Call (314) 622-3301.

April 1 -- Career Fair, St. Patrick Center, 9 a.m. to Noon

St. Patrick Center will hold a Career Fair on Wednesday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Center located at 800 N. Tucker Boulevard.  You must be pre-registered to attend.  Professional attire and resumes are required,.  Contact Jess Cox at or (314) 802-5423 for more information.  

April 1 -- National Walking Day, Urban Eats Café, 5 p.m.

Come join the City Department of Health, Gateway Greening, Trailnet, Grat Rivers Greenway, GirlTrek, and the American Heart Association for a 2-mile walk in Dutchtown.  Meet at Urban Eats Cafe at 3301 Meramec Street at 5 p.m. The walk will be a slow to medium pace and last for an hour. Get to know your neighbors and the Alderman of the 25th Ward. 

Save the Date

April 3 – Guns 'N Hoses On Ice, Affton Ice Rink, 7 p.m.

April 4 – Free Bike Tagging, SLMPD HQ, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 4 – 20th Ward Easter Jamboree, Gravois Park, Noon to 4 p.m.

April 4 – Easter Fair and Egg Hunt, Southwest Baptist Church, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

April 4 – Easter Egg Hunt, Tilles Park, 10 a.m.

April 4 -- Compton Hill Water Tower, Reservoir Park to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 5 -- Enrichment Eggstravaganza, St. Louis Zoo, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 5 – Concours d'Elegance Car Show, Forest Park, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities

Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight?  If so, you may email the information about it to me at or to Cathy Smentkowski at for consideration.  You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site:  The link to submit an event is at the very bottom of the home page.  The listing is free.  I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.

Happy 93rd Birthday, Buder Branch Library!

The original Buder Branch Library was opened this week in 1922. A happy 93rd birthday celebration will take place this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the branch located at 4401 Hampton Avenue in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.  A double feature of films from 1922 will be shown:Grandma's Boy, which was one of the Films of the Year, and My Wife's Relations which stars Buster Keaton.  During the interval between films, view historic photos of the Buder Branch and enjoy a slice of birthday cake.  Questions?  Call (314) 352-2900 or visit the web site.

Col. Richard Gray

Director of Public Safety

City of St. Louis


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