© 2022 St. Louis Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Other

St. Louis paramedic dies in Iraq

1982671-1667459399.jpg
EMT Christopher Walsh (St. Louis Fire Department photo)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Fire Department says one of its paramedics died Monday in Iraq. A spokesman says Christopher Walsh died in a roadside bombing.

Walsh, 30, was a Navy Reserve medic assigned to a U.S. Marine unit. Friends say Walsh's family had a history of serving in both the military and as firefighters.

Black bunting adorns fire houses and flags are lowered to half-staff in honor of Walsh, who is described by friends as easy-going and hard-working.

Funeral arrangements are still being made. Burial will be at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Walsh grew up in Shawnee, Kansas, and moved to the St. Louis area after high school.

Other

Send questions and comments about this story to feedback@stlpublicradio.org.