I was honored last week to be invited by Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Chris DiGuiseppi to the annual Metro Area Police Chiefs Memorial Prayer Breakfast (my 4th year). This annual event was held Wednesday morning at the St. Charles Convention Center, and pays tribute to all of the women and men (police officers) who lost their lives in the line of duty (murder, accidents, injuries causing death).
Fortunately for the St. Louis area, no officers lost their lives in 2017, but two Missouri officers were murdered. As his father Jack before him, Joe Buck is the annual emcee for this event – he like his dad, is a big advocate for the police. The keynote speaker, also a very big police proponent – introduced by a St. Louis City officer shot in the face at a stoplight, who this speaker visited in the hospital and still calls him weekly to check up, was Governor Eric Greitens. His speech to over 600 people was moving.
Before the governor’s speech, Joe Buck getting a poke in said something like “I notice today in the back of the room we have a lot of the media here for this event, and I have to ask “Where have you been all these years? I hope you return next year since we have never had the media here in all the years this event has been held”.
Kind of sad that an event like this barely makes the news. From the St. Louis County Police’s bagpipes and Color Guard, to officers singing the Star Spangled Banner & Ava Maria, to the heart breaking videos of actual area officer’s funerals, to the roll call of all fallen officers in the area from the late 1800s ending with Officer Blake Schneider in 2017, one present cannot begin to appreciate the risks our officers face daily as they just perform their jobs. I have to say “Thank you so much Lake Saint Louis Police, and all area police for protecting us”.
On a more uplifting note, our Dare Police Officer Susie Ochs received a $500 check from Lake Saint Louis Walmart for the Dare Program at their Re-Grand Opening. Walmart also presented checks of $500 or more to the Wentzville Marching Band, Lake St. Louis VFW, St. Joachim & Ann Food Pantry, and several other local charities.
Thank you Walmart for your generosity and being a good neighbor. In the weeks and months to come, you will see more buildings popping up and businesses opening. Support our local economy!