By Martha Stoffel
Mayor Herb Roach issued a proclamation, read by Chief Eric VanHook, declaring the week of November 5th as Fire Chief Brent Saunders Week in the city of O’Fallon. The proclamation encourages all residents in O’Fallon to join Mayor Roach in acknowledging the important contribution and commitment Brent Saunders has made to the city of O’Fallon during his career for the citizens of O’Fallon.
Chief Saunders has served as a member of the O’Fallon Fire Department for 35 years, and is one of only two members in the department’s 127 year history to serve in every position within the department. He became the first full-time chief in 2008 and announced his retirement October 26th. Deputy Chief Tim Claxton will serve as acting chief during the selection process for O’Fallon next Fire Chief.