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Retired District Chief Bob Heinen passed away on September 2, 2020, at the age of 94. Chief Heinen started with the Saint Paul Fire Department in 1947 and retired in 1988.
Per his request, no visitation or funeral will take place. A private internment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be held.
***Online sales will conclude on September 28th***
Corporate Mark (a local Saint Paul business) has been busy designing and producing apparel in memoriam of Brother McDonough and Brother Paidar.
Click the links below to visit the respective online stores.
Other means of supporting Tommy are either of the two active Go Fund Me fundraisers:
GoFundMe - Captain Andy Ryan
GoFundMe - Justin Kapaun
It is with great sadness that Local 21 regrets to share the news about the passing of Fire Captain Michael Paidar.
Captain Paidar has been with the Saint Paul Fire Department since 2/14/11. He lost his life to a relatively short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and passed away this afternoon.
Watch over Brother Paidar has concluded as of Friday, August 28th at 1600 hours. Mike is now at home with his family. Thank you to everyone.
It is with our deepest sympathies that Local 21 regrets to announce the untimely passing of Firefighter Thomas McDonough, Jr.
Tommy started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on April 20, 2015, following in the footsteps of his Father, Chief Tom McDonough, Sr. (ret.) Tommy was proud to be a Saint Paul Firefighter and we are blessed to be able to call him our Brother. He was beloved by all that were fortunate to know him. Soft spoken, hard worker, huge heart and always greeted you with a smile on his face. Tommy was an excellent firefighter and a very special part of his crew at Engine Company 09.
He will be greatly missed by all of our Local 21 members, the Saint Paul Fire Department and most importantly, his friends and family.
Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Captain Dennis Cusick.
Captain Cusick started with the Saint Paul Fire Department in 1967 and retired in 1999. Dennis passed away at the age of 78.
Per Dennis' request, no services will be held. Internment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Equipment Operator Dick Hendel.
FEO Hendel started with the Saint Paul Fire Department in 1958 and retired in the mid 1980's. Dick passed away on August 17, 2020 at the age of 90.
Dick's memorial and service will be private with family.
Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Fire Equipment Operator, Floyd Jones. FEO Jones started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on May 11, 1992 and retired on May 30, 2014.
*** UPDATED MEMORIAL SERVICE INFORMATION ***
From the Jones family:
Floyd's memorial will be at Speilman Mortuary and all are welcome to pay their final respects.
Tuesday, August 25th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
344 University Avenue W Saint Paul, MN 55103
* Please note that Speilman Mortuary does have a mask policy and social distance capacity of 45 persons. They are encouraging everyone in attendance to police the amount of time you spend indoors and exit for others if it becomes overcrowded at any given point.
The Saint Paul Fire Department has joined the Pink Patch Project to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October!
We have designed a Class D uniform shirt and a baseball hat that have been approved to be worn on-duty during the month of October. Additionally, we have two "Friends & Family" shirts for sale to the community to help show support and raise money (in kids and adult sizes!) All of these items will be available for order through Streamline Design (links below) from August 10 - September 4, 2020. The uniform shirts and hats will then be distributed the last week of September so members can start wearing them throughout "Pinktober" and the Friends & Family shirts will be shipped to their homes.
All of the funds raised through the sale of these items will be donated to the American Cancer Society, for their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
The Friends & Family gear will also show that you are part of the SPFD Team for the Making Strides Virtual Walk on October 24, 2020 in the Twin Cities!
Please help to show your support as SPFD fights to Extinguish Cancer! Any questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Megan Roesler, Engine 9 (B.)
SPFD UNIFORM (click link to order, you will be redirected to vendor website)
SPFD Friends and Family (click link to order, you will be redirected to vendor website)
Local 21 Brothers and Sisters,
Yesterday the MDA kicked off their 2020 Virtual Fill the Boot Fundraiser. On Monday, August 17th, through Friday, August 21st, we will conduct our own virtual drive. IAFF Local 21 will utilize our various platforms to get the word out, but it will be up to our members who can truly make this a success. The Local 21 website will have links to posts that can be shared by our members through their social media networks. I hope everyone can find a way to contribute that works for them.
Please take a moment to check out the Local 21 donation page where we are directing donors who wish to support kids and adults battling muscle disease.
Thank you all in advance for your support and hard work. If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.
IAFF Local 21 MDA Coordinator