Firefighters mourn loss of Chief Jim Silvernail

ST. LOUIS, MO — Firefighters around our area are mourning the loss of retired Metro West and Mehlville Fire Chief Jim Silvernail. He retired in 2003 after 30 years of service and most recently served as a board member with BackStoppers.

The Metro West Fire District posted this message to Facebook:

“Tonight, our community lost a special man. Retired Metro West Fire Chief Jim Silvernail, who served Metro West citizens with the utmost distinction and honor for over 30 years until his retirement in 2003, answered his last alarm and lost his battle with a tough illness.

“As many of you are aware, Chief Silvernail left this earth tonight to watch over all of us from heaven. On behalf of the thousands of firefighters he impacted, those he comforted in the middle of the night, those that he protected throughout his career and beyond, there are not enough words to express what he meant. However, we will spend the rest of our careers living out his passion and we will all do our best to honor the life of this worthy man.” – G. Michael Krause III, Fire Chief, Metro West Fire Protection District.

Visitation will take place Tuesday, May 1, from 12pm to 8pm at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin. His funeral mass will be at 10am Wednesday at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End.

Metro West firefighters have created helmet stickers and window decals to honor Chief Silvernail’s memory. The design incorporates each of the departments with which Chief Silvernail served; Creve Coeur Fire Protection District, Metro West Fire Protection District, and Mehlville Fire Protection District. Two-inch helmet stickers are $5.00. Four-inch window decals are $9.00. All of the proceeds will go to The Backstoppers, Inc.

More info or purchase decals: backstoppers28304.thankyou4caring.org/chiefsilvernail.