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ARFF Batallion Chief Steve Simpson monitors the Airport’s emergency response training exercise on April 19.
There was smoke, flames, makeup and fake injuries. They were all key components for a major emergency response training exercise at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on April 19. The Airport’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) are the first responders for any incident on the airfield. They are the first to take incident command. For this exercise, a mobile trainer that spits out flames was used to simulate a jet crash on Runway 11-29. The firefighters attacked the flames and then were joined by other emergency responders and Airport staff to follow through on training related to treating and transferring injured passengers. A group of volunteers doubled as the passengers and were sent to area hospitals that were also testing emergency response plans. The Federal Aviation Administration requires all commercial airports to conduct this live exercise every three years.
Recent blooms frame the air traffic control tower at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
After one of the harshest winters in decades, St. Louis is finally being able to embrace a change of seasons. The debut of spring has battled the out-going winter through much of April. But in the last week, spring has begun to put on a show across the region. At Lambert, blooms are in full force as they soak in warmer temperatures. Flowering trees, bushes and plants signal the Airport’s busy summer travel season is fast approaching.
Members of the Chinese National Baseball Team arrived in Terminal 2 this week to meet the St. Louis Cardinals and play an exhibition game.
Sports has always been a key to connecting cultures. This week, St. Louis is hosting the Chinese National Baseball Team. The team arrived at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport late Thursday through Terminal 2. St. Louis-based Rawlings Sporting Goods Company helped coordinate the trip which is intended to encourage cultural ties as well as promote the major league game and the St. Louis Cardinals in China. The team will get to watch the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs square off at Busch Stadium over the weekend. There, they’ll quickly see how St. Louis fans embrace the game. Players will grab their hats and bats, too, when they play an exhibition game against the Maryville University Saints.
Navy Petty Officer Kali Clapsiddle is surprised to see and hear an Elvis Impersonator singing to her as she exits the C checkpoint to meet her family.
Elvis lives and he performs more than 400 shows a year! Twenty-one year old Kali Clapsiddle received a rousing welcome from Elvis as she left the C checkpoint to meet her family. Elvis lives on thanks to Clapsiddle’s family friend, Steve Davis. Davis was hired by Clapsiddle's dad to perform in honor of her arrival home and naval promotion. Clapsiddle arrived from Japan, where she has been stationed for the last two years aboard the USS George Washington. It was her first visit back home this year. Clapsiddle’s family is very proud of her. She was recently promoted to Petty Officer. Davis who performs under the moniker of Memories of Elvis, garnered a lot of attention from other passengers.
St. Louis Rams’Mike Naughton, Airport Police Chief Paul Mason and St. Louis Rams’ Mike Moyner smile while presenting Chief with a his own jersey.
Big smiles could be seen on the faces of those who attended one of the biggest retirement parties of the year in honor of Lambert Airport Police Chief Paul Mason. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Chief Mason joined Lambert’s Police Department in September 1987. He commanded each of the department’s operational bureaus before he was appointed Chief in March 1997. A decorated military veteran, Chief Mason was recognized at his retirment celebration for his superior leadership and the legacy he leaves behind. Representatives with the St. Louis Rams presented the Chief with his own jersey for serving as the team’s Executive of Security since the team landed in St. Louis in 1995. Mayor Francis Slay deemed March 27, 2014 Chief Paul Mason Day and the end of a great era.
Roofing crews began the demolition of Lambert’s 60-year-old copper roof this week.
After nearly 60 years, the Airport’s original iconic copper roof on Terminal 1 is being scrapped and recycled. Crews with CMT Roofing began the major demolition job on the first quadrant of the far east dome- facing the south. This is no ordinary roof job because of the steep pitch of the domes. Roofers are harnessed to safety cables as they remove the copper and sublayers of the roof. As old material is removed, new roof coatings and insulation will be layed down to keep the terminal protected from the elements. Within a few weeks, additional crews will begin installing the first sections of the new copper roof. The process will be repeated on all sections of the domes until the project is completed at the end of the year.
Family and friends gather to welcome the Robson family who arrived in St. Louis with two new family members.
It was a warm welcome back home from family and friends of the Robson’s of St. Louis. The Robsons were coming in from Ethopia via Washington, D. C. with two new family members. The couple adopted Beti and Abay from Ethopia. The couple already have three children who were on hand to meet their new siblings. Everyone anxiously awaited their arrival just outside the A checkpoint.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is one of 250 locations hosting an STL250 Cake. See if you can find this cake and others around the city.
To celebrate the 250th birthday of St. Louis, 4-ft high cakes have sprung up across the metro area, including Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It’s all part of Cakeway to the West, a region-wide public art and history lesson campaign that is marking the city’s anniversary with 250 custom painted fiberglass cakes located at landmarks, cultural institutions, outdoor spots and places voted in by the public. Lambert’s cake sports blue and purple tones with imagery of the Airport’s domes, skylights and other iconic features. It was painted by artist Henryk Ptasiewicz. A scavenger hunt contest is underway for sleuths to find all the cakes around the city. Find out more about the cake contest and other major events here.
The International Association of Firefighters Local 2665 Honor Guard. salute the flag flown in for fallen Columbia firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt.
American Airlines passengers at Lambert Airport watched members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2665 Honor Guard as they accepted a special flag flown in to St. Louis.to honor a fallen firefighter. Lieutenant Bruce Britt, of Columbia, died in the line of duty Saturday, Feb. 22, when a walkway collapsed at a University of Missouri-Columbia run apartment complex. The Firefighters were somber as they accepted the flag that has honored fallen first responders since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The flag was presented by an American Airlines’ pilot. Memorial services were held for Lt. Britt in Columbia, Missouri and in his hometown, Williamsville, New Mexico.
Exchange student Camille Doligez enjoys a playful moment with Stevie and Lorna Korte, who have become her little sisters before her flight to Cincinnati onto Paris.
Angi and Stehen Korte were more than happy to welcome exhange student Camille Doligez, 18, from Paris. The family said they were elated to have a French student for more than five months as a member of their family especially since they had an empty bed vacated by their oldest daughter. "Samantha, our oldest daughter went off to college, so when they asked us, we said sure!" Doligez said she enjoyed her stay in St. Louis. It may have helped that she made some long lasting friendships while visiting. A few of her friends were also on hand to wish her safe travels back home to Paris. Doligez flew to Cincinnati and then on to Paris.
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