Floyd "Red" Watkins - Northeast RIV Fire


Floyd Lee Watkins, 90, of Cairo died Friday, December 31, 2021.

Floyd was born November 30, 1931 in Excello, Missouri to Roy and Lena (Teter) Watkins. He graduated 8th grade at Jacksonville School. He was first married to Nadine Baker and on April 5, 2006 married Doris Ferritor.

Floyd spent his early years working alongside his father-in-law, Armel Baker, before starting his own business, Watkins Plumbing & Electric. He served his community for many years with these skills and other services no matter what time of the year or hour of the day. He worked for Empire Gas for a short time while continuing his own business. Floyd began a 37 years career with the Macon County Public Water Supply District 1 as a Crew Manager in 1971, retiring in 2008.

Floyd was better known as “Red” Watkins in the Cairo community and with the Northeast R-IV Volunteer Fire Dept. He served the VFD for 68 years beginning 1947 as a firefighter, board member and historian. He was honored for his years of service locally in December 2015 and presented with an Official Resolution of Recognition and Appreciation from the Missouri House of Representatives in January 2016. The Cairo community recognized Floyd and his many years of service, involvement and friendship by awarding him the Cairo Community Citizenship Award in 2003. Floyd lived his entire life in the Excello and Cairo area, but he and Doris loved to travel on weekends and created memories that he loved to reminisce about. The most important and loved in his life were Doris and his family. His “best time ever” was when his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids came to visit. He loved his community and never knew a stranger because they never remained a stranger long. He reached out to all to help and took in many to protect. He loved deer hunting! He loved having visitors! He loved his music!

Floyd is survived by his wife, Doris, daughter Ladonna Watkins Vest and husband Chuck son Terry Watkins and friend Janice Wiegand daughter Denise Watkins Boessen and husband Mike, son Tracy Watkins and friend Miranda Reger. Grandchildren Matt Vest, Pete Vest, Josh Watkins, Jolene Watkins, Jason Watkins, Jordan Watkins, Ben Watkins, Gabe Boessen, Braxton High, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also, Doris’s daughters Lorraine Kirkendoll and family, Joyce Crawford, Mary and Toast McGraw's family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pathway-Millard Family Funeral Chapel, Moberly, Missouri. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m.


Gregory Thompson, Lakeview Heights Fire Protection District

Line of Duty Death

Gregory James Thompson of Lincoln, Missouri, born in Whiteville, North Carolina on December 25,1955, passed away from complications of COVID-19 on January 6, 2022. He was 66 years old.

Greg was the son of the late William Luther Thompson and Rachel Eloise (Williamson) Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Pamela J Thompson, brother Steven Ray Thompson, daughter Felicia Michelle Powell, son Gregory James Thompson II, stepdaughter Brandy Lee Kemper, stepson Christopher James Beshears, and thirteen grandchildren.

Greg’s greatest love was his family. He enjoyed traveling with his friends and family, hunting, fishing, eating oysters and his Jeep life. Greg was also proud to be a volunteer First Responder, Badge #578, for Lakeview Heights Fire Protection District.

On Saturday, January 15, 2021, a visitation will be held from 1:00pm-2:30pm and a memorial service at 2:30pm at Heckart Funeral Home 903 S. Ohio Ave, Sedalia Mo 65301

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lakeview Heights Fire Protection District in care of the funeral home.


Marcus Maggard, Jadwin Fire Department

Line of Duty Death

It is with great sadness that the Jadwin Fire Department announces the death of Captain Marucs Maggard. Captain Maggard died January 6, 2022 following a short illness.

Captain Maggard was one of the founding members of the Jadwin Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife Cassandra and his children Marcus Alan Maggard, Joshua Maggard, Tyler Maggard, Brandilyn Maggard and Skilea Prater.

He was preceded in death by his father Eugene Maggard, who died January 3, 2022. Combined funeral services will be held as follows:

Visitation will be held 4PM – 8PM Friday January 14, 2022 at James & Gahr Mortuary 103 W. Center, Salem Mo.

Funeral Services will be held 11AM January 15, 2022 at the Salem Christian Church, Salem Mo.

Burial will be at Akers Cemetery, Shannon County Mo.

Professional Honors will be afforded.


Retired Captain Pete Ahl, Maplewood Fire Department


Maplewood Fire Department is sad to announce the death of retired Captain Peter (Pete) Ahl, who died January 10, 2022.

Retired Captain Ahl began his service to the Maplewood community and the Maplewood Fire Department in January 1989, retiring September 2008.

Visitation will be 3PM – 7PM Sunday January 16, 2022 at the Kutis Funeral Home, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis.

Funeral service will be 1PM Monday January 17, 2022 at the Kutis Funeral Home, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis.

Burial will be private.


Firefighter Benjamin Polson, St. Louis Fire Department

**Press Release**

Line of Duty Death - Funeral Notice

St. Louis Firefighter Benjamin Polson

For Immediate Release - January 15, 2022


It is with deep sorrow and profound sadness that we announce the Line of Duty Death of

St. Louis Firefighter Benjamin Polson.


Firefighter Polson tragically died

Thursday, January 13, 2022 courageously

fighting a house fire and searching

for persons trapped.


Ben attended Vianney, was a Missouri State alumni, graduated with an MBA from Drury and earned a Law Degree from UMKC. He was a hockey player, philosopher, dancer and fisherman.


Firefighter Polson joined the St. Louis Fire Department November 10, 2019. Most recently he was assigned to Engine House 13, located at Ridge & Shawmut Place in the heart of the Hamilton Heights Neighborhood. He was also a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 73.


Beloved son of Retired Fire Captain James Polson (Michelle) and Susan Polson: best friend and brother to Rebecca Slay and brother-in-law, Kevin Slay; loving grandson to Patricia Polson. He was a treasured nephew, step-brother, and true friend to a great many.



Wednesday, January 19, 2022

4:00PM - 8:00PM


Kutis Funeral Home

110151 Gravois Road

St. Louis, MO 63123

Overflow parking & shuttle service available from Grants Farm

Uniformed Member Walk-Through at 7:30


Funeral Mass

Thursday, January 20, 2022



Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

4431 Lindell Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63108



Resurrection Cemetery

6901 MacKenzie Road

St. Louis, MO 63123


Public Safety Information


Honor Guard & Casket Vigil

if your Honor Guard would like to participate in the formalized casket vigil or by performing other related Honor Guard functions, please contact:

Honor Guard/Casket Vigil Commander,

Fire Captain Carolyn Moore - (314) 267-0646


Pipes & Drums

Pipes and Drum requests, please contact:

Retired Firefighter Rick Aholt - (314) 708-0038


Apparatus Coordinator

If your agency is attending the Funeral Mass in an emergency vehicle OF ANY TYPE, please complete this Form Stack Link:


or contact:

Firefighter Dwayne Carthen (314) 687-7555


Room Block Information

A room block has been arranged at the

AC Marriott Hotel

215 York Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63108

Book your group rate for Ben Polson Funeral Block

rate $109 per night




A special thank you to those who have provided services on behalf of the Polson Family:


Kutis Funeral Home, Afton Chapel

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Resurrection Cemetery


Media Coordinator

For all media requests, please contact:

Fire Captain Garon P. Mosby

(314) 387-1591



Additional Honor Guard Details

Funeral Service – St. Louis Firefighter Benjamin Polson


Casket Vigil

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 4-8

Uniformed Member Walk-Through at 7:30pm

Kutis Funeral Home

110151 Gravois Road

St. Louis, MO 63123

Overflow Parking and Shuttle Service Available from Grants Farm


Funeral Mass

 Thursday, January 20, 2022

Honor Guards to Arrive at 9:00am.

Honor Guard Staging is on Newstead Ave. south of Lindell Blvd.

Approach Newstead Ave. from the south or the east.  Lindell will be shut down.


Upon arrival proceed to the front of the Basilica and you will be directed further.  Points of contact upon arrival are the following:

Tom Bacon – IAFF Honor Guard (314.713.9177)

Kern Swafford – O’Fallon Honor Guard (636.262.3870)

Joe Haefer – Metro West Honor Guard (636.262.3304)


Once the funeral mass is over Honor Guards will be again staged for the Sea of Blue in front of the Basilica.



Resurrection Cemetery

Once the Urn has been placed on the caisson all Honor Guard members will report to their vehicles and drive to Resurrection Cemetery.  You will be directed to Honor Guard parking and then will come together in a determined location and await the arrival of the Heroes Entourage and the rest of the procession.


All Honor Guards to report to the Basilica and the Cemetery with Department flags and tools.





Matthew Dickison, Southern Webster County Fire

Matthew Dickison, Southern Webster County Fire
Matt was born in Omak, Washington, on February 1st, 1982. He loved being outside, spending his early years working in the orchards and helping his Grandpa raise ostriches. He was a member of 4H, where he competed and won numerous awards. In high school, Matt found his love for music by being a part of “The Music Company”. There isn’t a genre of music that Matt didn’t enjoy and appreciate. He played the bass and loved to sing.
During high school, Matt found his life’s passion in the fire service. His love for the community and serving others defined who Matt would become. After graduating, he became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at the young age of 18. In Washington, Matt served on the Okanogan and Malott volunteer fire departments. In 2018, he joined the Southern Webster Fire Protection District. Matt devoted his life to serving every local community he was a part of. He was a distinguished firefighter who proved time and time again how knowledgeable he was. This knowledge and expertise were surpassed only by his passion to love and serve others.
In 2016, Matt, Therrin, and their three girls moved to Seymour, Missouri. They had always dreamed of putting down roots and establishing themselves in a community; this new beginning was their dream come true. It is here in Seymour they found their true home.
Matt served on the fire department and drove school buses, quickly becoming a friend to young and old throughout the town. Most recently, he worked for the Webster County Road District. His beloved family’s crowning achievement has been the opening of their farm, Mean Greens Farm. With his larger-than-life personality, Matt has worn many hats in his community. He will be remembered for his fun-loving attitude, hard work, and huge heart.
Of all the hats Matt has worn, being a dad was the most important. Nothing mattered more than teaching his girls everything he knew, from farming to fixing cars. His parenting philosophy was to raise confident, independent girls who knew they were loved fiercely and understood the value of hard work. Anyone who knows Kinsi, Lexi and Kass can see that Matt far exceeded his goal. Matt married the love of his life, Therrin, on November 3, 2004. They spent 17 years loving each other and supporting one another to be their best selves as individuals and partners in life.
Matt is preceded in death by his Grandfather George O. Dickinson, his Grandmother Roberta M. Dickinson and his Grandfather Jim Corn. He is survived by his wife Therrin, his three daughters, Makinsi, Alexandria and Kassitie, his parents, one brother, his three Uncles: Terry (Sharma) Dickinson, Joe Dickinson, and Tom (Patti) Dickinson, his Aunt, Leah (Kevin) Dickinson, his Grandmother, Mickie (Don) Files, and many special people he considered friends, sisters and brothers.
A visitation will be held 5PM – 7PM Wednesday January 19, 2022 at Craig Hurtt Funeral Home 214 W. Clinton Ave, Seymore Mo. 65746