3 of our rock star Tele-communicators from METCOM received this award tonight for all they did during the incident of February 3rd. If you get a chance, tell them thanks!
They are an integral part of our team, and we can’t do what we do for you without them. All we can say is thank you for what you do for all of us, and thanks for being a part of the team! ... See MoreSee Less
We are so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to the family and the Bend Fire Department. ... See MoreSee Less
St. Paul Fire District Receives $74,890 From St. Paul Rodeo Fundraiser
On July 20, 2022, the St. Paul Rodeo Foundation presented the St. Paul Fire District with a check for $74,890.00. The check represented the proceeds of a fundraiser in Memory of Volunteer Firefighter Austin Smith, who was tragically killed in the line of duty on February 3, 2022. Austin was beloved member of the St. Paul Fire District, St. Paul Rodeo Family and the St. Paul Community.
The “Pass The Hat Fundraiser Benefiting The St. Paul Fire Department” kicked off at the St. Paul Rodeo Trail Ride on June 3 and culminated on July 5. The St. Paul Rodeo Foundation collected donations until July 5, 2022 that have been designated to benefit the St. Paul Fire District in Austin Smith's Name.
“The Fire District is honored to receive these funds from our community to be used in Austin’s name”, said Chief Bryan Lee. Chief Lee told those gathered during the presentation; “this gift will go way beyond the original intent, by purchasing the tools we need and then some benefiting the entire community, Thank you!”.
The goal was to raise $65,000 to purchase an extrication tool set for the St. Paul Fire Department to replace 40-year-old equipment that is no longer functional with current vehicles. The extrication tool set will include cutters, spreaders, air bags, and struts that will be easier to handle while cutting through high strength steel vehicles. All these tools will aid in the safety of our first responders as they rescue patients in life-threatening accidents.
St. Paul Fire District Captain Mark Daniel commented; “The St. Paul Fire Department is the community, and the community is the Fire Department”. “Members of the District’s Firefighting and Medical Response Team live within the district”. “So, we as members of the district are truly neighbors, helping neighbors, and in many cases helping our own families through some of the toughest times and situations in their lives”. “These donations given in honor of Austin Smith to the Fire District will directly benefit everyone”.
The St. Paul Rodeo Foundation and the St. Paul Fire District would like to thank and acknowledge everyone who donated to this fundraiser. Kevin Smith, President of the St. Paul Rodeo Foundation said, “We continue to be humbled by the support of our community and the St. Paul Fire District and are honored to make this donation.” Special thanks and recognition goes out to these very special donors who assisted with the fundraising effort.
Many local corporation’s matched donations each week. These were Marion Ag Service, ERNST Irrigation and Tractor, Schneider Water Services and Agri-Seed Testing. Other large donors include Hazenberg Dairy, Dave and Lisa Smith, and the Reser Family Foundation. Additionally live and silent auctions at the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame BBQ raised more than $19,000 for the effort. ... See MoreSee Less
What an amazing community to be a part of. Thank you everyone! ❤️❤️
Thank you to all that donated !
Definitely incredible way to honor Austin, he definitely is looking down with a big smile in his face
I am so very proud of this community and very proud to be family from here! St. Paul and their people have been the best community for so many generations! My hat is off to you all! Cheers from Us!
This is absolutely incredible. I’m so proud to be a part of the St. Paul fire district. This is such a wonderful tribute to Austin.
Amazing! So proud that live in such an amazing community!🥰
A wonderful way to honor Austin Smith 💓
I am not family from there but what a wonderful way to come together the best you can. Love.
Amazing job! Community!
So amazing, what a great thing!
This is just incredible! 🥰
I love this!!
Love this ❤️
So So Wonderful!!!