Ward 3 Alderman Terri Violet
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Terri Violet has been a St. Peters resident since 1988 and currently lives in the Applewood subdivision. She was appointed as Ward 3 Alderman in September of 2012 and has since been elected to office two times. Alderman Violet is an honorably discharged U.S. Navy veteran and is also the first and only woman veteran to serve on the St. Peters Board of Aldermen. She studied at St. Charles Community College and concentrated on Political Science. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children and seven grandchildren.
U.S. military veterans' issues are important to Terri and that is why she helped to establish the St. Charles County Veterans Museum and currently serves on the Executive Board. She is also a member of the St. Peters American Legion Post 313.
In her other personal time, Terri serves as Senior Team Leader with Central County Fire & Rescue’s REHAB-95. This team of 2nd responders provides valuable assistance to emergency workers and residents during local crises and emergency responses.
Alderman Violet has been a Team Manager since 2011 for the annual Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp for children that are deaf or hard-of-hearing in which the City of St. Peters is a sponsor (photo below).
Alderman Violet currently serves as an Aldermanic Representative to the Parks, Recreation & Arts Advisory Board (Cultural Arts Focus Committee).
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Message from Alderman Violet
911, Where is Your Emergency?
Red lights are flashing! Sirens are blasting! Yes, we’ve all been there. You have pulled off to the side of the street to allow a fire truck to pass. For some, this may cause anxiety and for others, curiosity. Have you wondered where they are heading? Just know that somewhere, someone is in trouble and needing assistance!
When 911 is called regarding a fire or other emergency, a notification is sent to 1st responders. Very soon after, REHAB-95, a volunteer-led team that I serve on, may receive a notification from Dispatch to respond. We drive to our station to quickly prepare whatever is necessary to support emergency workers. After quick preparation, we head to the disaster location in our marked and specialized vehicle. When arriving on scene, we are guided to park in the “cool zone” close to the incident. The lead team member then makes contact with the Incident Commander for direction, and if needed, to meet with family members going through the disaster.
The best-case scenario is that everyone is safe and unharmed. The worst case is the loss of life. One memory I have from a fire scene is when a woman that was safely out of her apartment decided to go back in to the blazing building to find her pet. Sadly, she lost her life in her attempt to rescue her beloved dog. Our 1st responders deal with heart-breaking realities like this much too often.
Our professional emergency workers deserve support when they are on scene, so that’s where our team comes in! REHAB-95 is a Central County Fire & Rescue non-profit organization that is led 100% by unpaid volunteers. The volunteers live here in St. Peters and surrounding St. Charles County communities. We are considered 2nd responders. Our specially trained team of residents respond 24 hours a day and we brave every type of weather you can imagine, from extremely hot days to frigid temperatures. We provide canteen service to all of our 1st responders and provide victim assistance for families affected by fire or other disasters. During the hot weather seasons, we offer our emergency workers shelter from the sun, ice water, electrolyte replacement drinks, icy towels to cool our firefighters, misting fans and more. During cold weather seasons, we offer fresh-brewed coffee, hot cocoa, heaters and cold-blocking shelters to warm those working on scene. Assistance to families may include an After Disaster Guide, personal hygiene kits, basic baby supplies, referral(s) to other community resources for longer-term needs and other necessities to help them begin their recovery process.
This is what I do during my personal time. My respect is great for our 1st responders and their daily dealings with danger and tragedies they endure. This is one way the volunteers of REHAB-95 give back to those that give so selflessly to us each and every day. If you see a vehicle marked REHAB-95 COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM on the scene of a disaster, know that we are there to have the backs of our 1st responders and to help residents affected begin a sometimes long process of recovery.
Remember … the next time lights and sirens are approaching, slow down and pull off to the right side of the road to allow the emergency vehicle(s) to pass. Doing that can help our emergency workers save a life. If you have City-related questions, please contact me at 636-734-1883 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your concern is my concern!
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My Family, My Inspiration
Learning of unknown family members can be a great blessing and a great inspiration in life! This is a blessing I would gladly receive over again. Recently we took a long-awaited trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts to visit the Mayflower II and the gravesite of my 10th Great Grandfather. The entry sign to this city reads; “America’s Hometown” … it has a nice almost familiar ring to it. On my visit the reality of learning about a distinguished relative, came to life. I was left breathless as I stood at the breaking waves on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean where these brave Pilgrims landed. At that moment in time, I was filled with a deep desire to learn more about my dear relative and his long grueling trip to build a new life in a whole new world. A tour guide on the Mayflower II filled the ocean air with stories about the Pilgrims and details about my relative, George Soule, telling of their arrival in Plymouth 401 years ago. Below deck I looked out the portal and could almost sense what the passengers saw for many weeks. Water, water and more never-ending water! This ship carried 102 passengers, many crew members, animals and much needed supplies on the long and dangerous journey to a new land they would call their home. The living space was extremely cramped, dark and difficult to live in but they finally made it safely to land. They made it to America! George Soule was a young man, an indentured servant that left his homeland to find a place he could worship freely. He signed the Mayflower Compact and helped to establish a self-governing community in Plymouth Colony in 1620.
Over half of the 102 Pilgrims didn’t make it through the winter of 1620-21. I am grateful that George Soule was one of the survivors! He later married, had a large family and served as a Deputy on The General Court of Plymouth Colony, the original colonial legislature of the Plymouth Colony. I am honored to have served my country as a U.S. Navy veteran. Just as my seafaring Great Grandfather, George Soule, served “America’s Hometown” at Plymouth Colony, I am even more honored to be serving “My Hometown” of St. Peters.
In keeping with serving my community, if you have any city-related questions or concerns feel free to contact me at 636-734-1883 or email me at email@example.com and always remember that your concern is my concern!
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