Monday, October 22, 2012
Town and Country's Country Acres held it's annual Howl and Yowl Fall Festival this weekend. Check out the pet photos.
As previously reported by Patch, the event is an annual fundraiser held by Country Acres, located on Weidman Road. This was the sixth year for the event. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Country Acres Rescue is a rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption service for abused and neglected cats and dogs. It also strives to educate the community in addition to providing pet adoption. Check out the weekend event in the above photo slideshow.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
On the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, West County's newly named Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes shares his experience of a rescue mission at Ground Zero so Americans never forget the loss suffered that day.
Ernie Rhodes was name the new fire chief of West County EMS & Fire Protection District last week. He brings extensive experience with him to the new position, including 32 years in the fire service. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) Rhodes also brings memories of the horrific Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. He was deployed to Ground Zero to assist after the World Trade Center attacks, where he worked for ten days assisting with search and rescue efforts. "I was deployed the day of the attack about an hour and half after the attack," Rhodes explains. Rhodes was a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Specialist assigned to a reconnaissance squad that searched for signs of trapped survivors. Although …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Manchester woman remembers the terrifying crash that left her trapped and nearly burned alive. She now looks to the future and won't be a victim.
Manchester resident Ann Mitchell tells Patch that she was stopped at a light last Tuesday night when her Chevrolet Blazer was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Tahoe at Dougherty Ferry and Carman roads. As previously reported by Town and Country - Manchester Patch, the impact of the crash caused both vehicles to burst into flames, trapped Mitchell in her burning SUV and left the Tahoe driver unconscious in his SUV and with a head wound. Much of what happened following the crash was caught on the Manchester police dash cam video in this article, including two men risking their lives to pull the Tahoe driver from his vehicle as it was engulfed in flames and Mitchell being cared for after she escaped nearly burning alive. Monday night, …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Manchester Police Officer Gerad Gonzalez and good samaritan Joe Caruso were honored for heroism and bravery for pulling an unconscious man from a fiery crash.
The two very modest men are almost embarrassed by the attention and gratitude they are receiving since they risked their lives last Tuesday to save the lives of two others involved in a fiery car crash. However, Monday night, once again the spotlight was set on Manchester Police Officer Gerad Gonzalez and Des Peres resident Joe Caruso. With their wives, children and parents by their sides, both men were honored by the City of Manchester. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alert.) As previously reported by Town and Country - Manchester Patch, Gonzalez and Caruso risked their lives to pull an unconscious man from a burning car right before it exploded. It all happened after a fiery crash at Dougherty Ferry …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Thanks to emails from 'Patch' readers, we gathered details on the heroic efforts of a Manchester police officer and good samaritan who risked their lives to pull a man from a burning car. Watch the dash cam video here.
As previously reported by Town and Country - Manchester Patch, Manchester Police Officer Gerad Gonzalez and Des Peres resident Joe Caruso risked their lives last week to pull an unconscious man from burning car right before it exploded. The accident happened at Dougherty Ferry and Carman roads, just on the outskirts of Manchester, around 9:51 p.m. Tuesday. The dramatic rescue from the fiery crash and the events that unfolded afterward were all caught on the police dash cam video in this article. It was thanks to emails from Patch readers that first alerted us to the selfless efforts of Officer Gonzalez, a 16-year veteran of law enforcement. Even some witnesses sent in words of kindness and appreciation. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Joe Caruso, who considers himself "just another dad" sprung into action when he and his daughter found themselves in the middle of a disastrous situation on the outskirts of Manchester.
A Des Peres father played the role of action hero Tuesday when he helped victims of a fiery West County car crash at the intersection of Dougherty Ferry and Carman roads. Joe Caruso doesn't claim to have super powers, however, calling himself "just another dad." The people he saved may have a different opinion. As previously reported by Town and County - Manchester, Manchester Police Officer Gerad Gonzalez and Caruso risked their lives to save a man from a burning SUV after a car crash. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) Caruso, 47, was driving home to Royal Acres subdivision in Des Peres at 9:51 p.m. Tuesday with his 15-year-old daughter after dropping off one of her friends who lives a short …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Witnesses are calling a Manchester police officer a hero after he risked his life to pull an unconscious driver from a burning car before it exploded. Watch the dramatic rescue and the events that unfolded afterward on this police dash cam video.
As previously reported by Town and Country - Manchester Patch, recue crews responded to a fiery crash at Dougherty Ferry and Carman roads, just on the outskirts of Manchester, around 9:51 p.m. Tuesday. After numerous emails from Patch readers, we've learned more about what happened that night and why residents are hailing Manchester Police Officer Gerad Gonzalez of Fenton a "hero." It was all caught on the Manchester police dash cam video included in this article. You'll see and hear Gonzalez and a passerby risking their lives to save a man from a burning car, fire crews battling the blaze and a woman coping with nearly burning alive. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alert.) As it turns out, at the time …
Friday, April 20, 2012
St. Louis County Animal Care and Control helped this bird after it survived an what appeared to be an attack by other birds.
I actually walked out my front door to interrupt whatever was taking place in the animal kingdom Friday. A number of birds, including what appeared to be a hawk or eagle (completely uneducated guess on my part, all I know is it was a giant black bird with a white head) scattered when I walked outside. This tiny bird remained and it ran off. It seemed to try and hide behind a flower pot, then a plant as birds continued to divebomb its general area. Once in while they'd even land and try to get closer to the bird again. I know it sounds crazy, but I could not let nature take its course. So, being the lunatic that I am, I contacted St. Louis County Animal Care and Control and they sent someone out to evaluate and help the bird. Operations …
Monday, October 24, 2011
Country Acres holds its fifth annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest.
This weekend, Country Acres Rescue held its fifth annual Howl and Yowl, a three day Halloween event for pets and people alike. This year's Howl and Yowl featured booths, games for people, games for pets, food, live music, pumpkin painting, face painting, a haunted house, and the highlight of the weekend- the annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest. Nicole Thompson, Country Acres Rescue President and Founder, estimates that between 1,500 and 2,000 people visited the Howl and Yowl this year. The free event did feature pay-to-play games and food, with all proceeds going toward the rescuing of animals. Country Acres Rescue is a rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption service for abused and neglected cats and dogs. Country Acres Rescue identifies …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Rescue crews were called to the scene of a crash Monday in Town and Country where one person was extricated and five people were taken to the hospital.
Rescue crews were called to the scene of a crash Monday in Town and Country where one person was extricated from a car and five people were taken to the hospital. According to West County EMS and Fire Protection District spokesperson Kim Bacon, the call came in around 12:30 p.m. Monday of the crash at 3015 North Ballas Rd. Numerous rescue crews responded to the scene. One person was trapped in their vehicle and had to be extricated. Town and Country police also responded to the crash. Captain Gary Hoezler said one vehicle heading northbound on Ballas Road ran a red light and struck another vehicle that was heading southbound on Ballas Road making a left turn onto eastbound Highway 40. Bacon said five people were taken to area hospitals, …