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Elks Lodge Honors Firefighter, Police, Park Rangers for Service and Heroism

St. Louis Dispatch via YellowBrix

October 05, 2010

ST. LOUIS – Three police officers, one firefighter and two park rangers were honored by members of St. Charles Elks Lodge 690 at a reception last month for their community service and heroism.

Recipients included: St. Charles City park rangers Sgt. Paul Jokerst and Christina Gonzalez, St. Charles Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Neupert, St. Charles Police Officer Michael Davis, St. Peters Police Officer Andrew Ramirez and Cottleville firefighter Bob Gauldin.

Jokerst and Gonzalez were feted for saving the life of a man whose car plunged in the Missouri River last May as they responded to a call at Frontier Park. The two rangers jumped into the river as the car was filling with water, and Gonzales managed to pull the driver through the car window to safety as Jokerst worked to keep the car from being swept away by the current.

Neupert was honored for his quick action when a middle school student collapsed on the gym floor at the Francis Howell school last spring where he is a resource officer. He used his police radio to call for an ambulance and then he and the school nurse used an automatic external defibrillator to regain the student’s pulse. The child made a full recovery.

In the past year, Davis has participated in 206 arrests, far exceeding the other officers on his shift. Among the arrests were 19 for drugs, 19 for assault and 17 for drunken driving. He also has taken 45 fugitives into custody.

Ramirez has worked to improve crime scene processing and the process used to write reports on drunken driving arrests. He also has handled more emergencies as a member of the department’s Crisis Intervention Team than any other officer.

Gauldin was honored for his charity work with the Cottleville Fire Protection District. He is involved in the annual food and toy drive to benefit Sts. Joachim and Ann Service Center, St. Joseph’s Church food pantry and St. Vincent DePaul Society. He also heads the collections for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and St. John’s Mercy Medical Center burn unit.