With a mix of emotions, both sadness and pride, the wishes Assistant Chief Mark Emert well as he leaves Affton for a fire chief position in Illinois.
Assistant Chief Emert handed his official letter of resignation to Fire Chief Jim Fritz Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. He will be leaving the district for the position of fire chief at the Collinsville Fire Department in Illinois.
Beginning his career with Affton in October of 1986, Emert rose through the ranks from private to engineer to captain and finally assistant chief in July of 2009.
"I am excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of Collinsville, but I have to admit it's bitter sweet," Emert said. "The Affton firefighters were my family for a long time, and I will miss them dearly. The Affton Fire District has been a wonderful place to work. It is filled with really great people and I wish them all the best."
The Affton Fire Protection District and its employees would like to thank Assistant Chief Emert for over 25 years of service and the countless sacrifices he made in his efforts to help the district and community. Emert's last day on the job will be Friday, January 27th, so tell him "Congrats and good luck!" if you see him out.
The district also sadly says good-bye to Lieutenant Kristen Troup. Lt. Troup accepted a firefighter/paramedic position at Creve Coeur Fire Protection District. Lt. Troup has been with the district since July of 2008 and was known in the community for her work with the district's public relations program and her win at the 2011 Guns 'N Hoses Charity Boxing Event.