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Fireman and paramedic Ryan Hummert was on the job in Maplewood for just shy of one year, he was by all accounts a great fireman and a wonderful person. He was murdered by a mental ill man with a high powered rifle while responding to a car fire set to ambush responders. Also shot was a 28 year old police officer who thankfully will survive. Any meaningful or comforting words escape me as to how very sad and tragic this senseless crime is.

We all accept the risks and dangers associated with completing our mission to save and protect others however none of us ever think we could be someones target. I am sure Ryan was thinking he was going to knock down the fire and help someone deal with the aggravation of loosing a car. I doubt for a minute he thought someone would be waiting to kill him and anyone like him who came to help.

Ryan will be laid to rest Friday morning, I hope if you can be in St. Louis Friday that you will be there, I sadly can not. I will stop by St. Henry's tomorrow to say a prayer for Ryan, his family and the wounded officer. If you can't be in St. Louis please remember to say a prayer. I know God's plan is sometimes too hard to understand, this type of crime proves it. God Bless you Ryan and keep all you loved safe. Below are the details for Ryan's arraignments:

Visitation will be held Thursday July 24, 2008 from 3pm to 8pm at the J.B. Smith Funeral Home 7456 Manchester Road Maplewood, Mo 63143. Casket vigil will take place from 2pm to 8pm.

Funeral Services will be held 10AM Friday July 25, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 2934 Marshall Avenue St. Louis, Mo 63143. Procession will follow to place of Sunset Cemetery, Gravois and Laclede Station Road, Affton Mo.

Parking for persons NOT going to the cemetery should be at Deer Creek Shopping Plaza, 3200 Laclede Station Road, Maplewood. Shuttle service will be available. This will also be overflow parking from the church.

The procession will travel from the church on Marshall, proceed west on Manchester Road processing past Maplewood Fire Department, continuing to Hanley / Laclede Station road turning south on Laclede Station to the cemetery.

Memorials have been established to The Backstoppers 10411 Clayton Road Suite 5 St. Louis, Mo. 63131.

Remember be careful out there, Bobby

posted by Bobby Halton
7/24/2008 06:29:00 PM

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