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The widow of firefighter Marnell Griffin (her back to the camera) comforts a fellow firefighter's widow on Dec. 201, 2017. They, and the woman on the left, lost their husbands to cancer.
Holly Edgell | St. Louis Public Radio

When firefighter Marnell Griffin died in January 2017, it was not due to burns, smoke inhalation or any of the other hazards people associate with his line of work. Griffin, a 22-year veteran of the St. Louis Fire Department, died of colon cancer.

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Last Monday, more than eighty firefighters from the St. Louis Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire at the Servco warehouse in downtown St. Louis.

In the end, no one was injured in the blaze, but the warehouse was destroyed. For Greg Gates, whose family owns the building, more than a building was lost.

New Pension Ruled OK For City Firefighters

Jun 4, 2013
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A St. Louis judge has ruled that the city can establish a new pension system for firefighters.

Judge Robert Dierker made the ruling Monday.

The new system went into effect retroactively Feb.1 and will require firefighters to contribute 9 percent to their retirement. That’s one percent more than currently.

Jeff Rainford---the chief of staff for Mayor Francis Slay---says the new pension will save the city $4 million this year and still benefit firefighters.