I would ask that, as we go through our week, we keep in mind the family Fire Chief Tony Schroeder. Tony took a solemn vow to protect and to serve at any cost. For this service and sacrifice we will be forever grateful.

“Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends”

Parts of this article ran prior, but this week is so important as 40 years ago Sunday the 15th the Osage Beach Volunteer Fire Department lost their Chief in the Line of Duty.

Never Forget

On October 15, 1977, the Osage Beach Volunteer Fire Association was called to a structure fire off of Three Seasons Road in Osage Beach.

Along with other Osage Beach Firefighters, Fire Chief Tony Schroeder responded to this call. While assisting on the call, former Osage Beach Firefighter Kevin Bagby remembers seeing Chief Schroeder taking a break while sitting on the back of the truck nicknamed Big Red.

This was just moments before he collapsed from a fatal heart attack. An ambulance was called and the Chief was taken away to the Hospital, while the rest of the crews still had to deal with the fire at hand. Later that evening the firefighters were told of the passing of their Chief.

Kevin Bagby served with the Osage Beach Fire District until 1996, and now serves as a Captain with the Jefferson City Fire Department. Station 2 on State Route KK is dedicated to the memory of Fire Chief Tony Schroeder. This serves as a reminder to each of us entering the building of how precious life is and how any call could change that.

Chief Schroeder’s career in the Fire Service began in October of 1948 with the Kirkwood Fire Department in St. Louis County. Chief Schroeder spent 20 years with Kirkwood, retiring in February of 1968.

He was a member if Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs, International Arson Investigators, Central MO Firefighters Association and Fire Department Instructors.

Prior to his years in the Fire Service, Chief Schroeder joined the Navy, where he served from 1942 to 1945. The local Fire Department Pipe and Drum Band chose the Tartan for their Kilts after the Navy Tartan to honor the memory of Chief Schroeder.

Chief Schroeder was awarded the Campaign Ribbons for American Theatre of War, Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War, Combat Ribbon and Battle Stars.

I would ask that, as we go through our week, we keep in mind the family Fire Chief Tony Schroeder. Tony took a solemn vow to protect and to serve at any cost. For this service and sacrifice we will be forever grateful.