Peth was introduced as a new employee by Fire Chief Dave Radel and Fitzgerald was presented with a city proclamation by Mayor Robinson for his retirement and 31 years of professional police service to the community.
Hazelwood firefighter/paramedic Robbie Peth earned his Paramedic license in May 2009 and graduated from the St. Louis County Fire Academy in January 2011. Prior to being hired on May 22, 2013, Peth worked full-time for the St. Louis City Fire Department Emergency Medical Division over a year and a half and work part-time for St. Alexius Hospital as a paramedic technician.
Peth participated in the fire department’s hiring process in January 2013 involving 27 applicants for one position. He was placed among the top six candidates on the hiring list and was unanimously chosen by a hiring committee for the next opening.
Peth is the son of Capt. Rob Peth who was a member of the Hazelwood Fire Department for 32 years, retired, and passed away in October 2010.
“Although his father and I were friends since high school, the Hazelwood Fire Department isn’t what some would call a ‘legacy’ department where people are hired because they have family members with the department,” Hazelwood Fire Chief Dave Radel said. “Robbie earned his way onto our force based on his own merits involving a lot of hard work, dedication and experience in the field. His father would be proud of him.”
Ret. Sgt. Gerald Fitzgerald began his employment with the City of Hazelwood on July 1, 1981. Prior to being hired by Hazelwood, he was a police officer in St. Ann for five years. In addition to graduating from the St. Louis Police Academy, he earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Police Administration and Industrial Security from Tarkio College.
He also served his country in the U. S. Air Force from October 1962 until his honorable discharge in August 1963. He was ranked as an Airman Third Class with specialization as an Air Rescue Coordinator.
When ret. Sgt. Fitzgerald joined Hazelwood’s police force, he was assigned to the Neighborhood Patrol Team. He was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February 2004.
Some of his accomplishments as a HPD officer are listed below:
- On Nov. 22, 1982, he received a Commendation for coming to the aid of a small child that had stopped breathing. His actions kept the child alive until additional medical help arrived.
- On April 4, 1999, he received the Above & Beyond award from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association for assisting in the arrest of a bank robbery suspect.
- On Sept. 20, 1999, he received Special Recognition for the arrest of three suspects and for the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
- In Nov. 1999, he was named City of Hazelwood’s Employee of the Month.
- On Feb. 21, 2002, he received the Heroism award for answering a call involving a man threatening his mother with a knife. His actions resulted in the suspect’s arrest without injury to anyone else.
- He received a Special Commendation from the U.S. Marshal’s Service for the arrest of a subject on their “Ten Most Wanted” list.
During his career spanning 31 years as a law enforcement officer for the Hazelwood Police Department, ret. Sgt. Fitzgerald was a valuable asset to the community and the residents he served. The Council’s Chamber was full of retired and current police officers, as well as members of Police Explorers #9217, who all came to give him a standing ovation for a job well done and a rousing send off for his retirement.