Lt. / Fire Marshal Ronald Wehlage, Jr. - DeSoto Rural Fire

It is with profound sadness that the DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District announces the Line of Duty Death of Lieutenant / Fire Marshal Ronald W. Wehlage, Jr. Lt. / Fire Marshal Wehlage died Tuesday June 30, 2020, from a medical emergency following his response to a structure fire on Saturday June 27th, 2020.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Visitation: 4PM – 8PM Tuesday July 7th, 2020 at the Mahn Funeral Home 900 N. Main St., DeSoto, Mo 63020. Limited fire service participation is requested due to COVID concerns. Those attending should wear facemask. Those wishing to stand vigil can sign up at the following link: (please do not sign up for back-to-back shifts).

An apparatus procession of honor will begin at 8PM. Agencies wishing to participate should contact Chief Jamie Maupin at 636-524-1175. Apparatus Staging will be at DeSoto Christian Church, 4151 Fountain City Road, DeSoto. The procession will proceed past Mahn Funeral Home for the family to view.

Graveside honors: Services will be held 11AM Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at St. Lucas Cemetery 11735 Denny Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63126. Cemetery restrictions will only allow for family and DeSoto Rural members to be in the cemetery.

The family will come to St. Lucas Cemetery under procession. Lt. / Fire Marshal Wehlage will be carried to his final resting place atop a DeSoto Rural Fire apparatus.

Agencies wishing to pay respects can line Denny Road in front of the cemetery, or any safe place along the route of procession. All persons outside of their apparatus will be required to wear facemasks.

Route of procession is Main Street to Route 110, to Route 21, to Hillsboro Road, to Route 21, to Kennerly Road, to Sappington Road, to Denny Road.

Honor Guard Commander – Kirk Uhrig – – 636-633-1817

Pipe & Drum Contact – Rick Aholt – – 314-708-0038

Pursuant to Federal guidelines, certain medical conditions that occur within 24 hours of the conclusion of a duty related stressor event, may be considered as occurring in the Line of Duty

Chris Francis - Mehlville Fire

The Mehlville Fire Protection District and International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2665 announces that memorial services have been set for Captain Chris Francis. Captain Francis died April 2, 2020.


4P – 8P Friday July 10, 2020 at the Kutis Funeral Home 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis Mo. 63129. Those wishing to stand vigil can sign up at

A Uniformed member walk through will occur at 7:30PM.

Funeral Services

11AM Saturday July 11, 2020 at the Queen of All Saints Catholic Church 6603 Christopher, St. Louis mo. 63129

A procession of emergency vehicles will be held July 11, 2020. Emergency vehicles should arrive 9AM. Staging area is at St. Louis Community College – South County Campus, 4115 Meramec Bottom Road, St. Louis Mo. 63129. Those wishing to participate can sign up using the following link:

Honor Guard coordinator is Tom Bacon – 314-713-9177.

Professional honors will occur at Queen of All Saints Church, following mass.

Private Inurnment will occur at a later date.