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St. Louis Firefighter and Outstanding Alumnus to Speak at 9/11 Patriot Day

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 27, 2015) – Gregg Favre, a captain with the St. Louis Fire Department who received the University of Central Missouri’s 2014 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, will be the guest speaker at the 2015 Patriot Day 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at UCM. The observance begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the quadrangle. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Hendricks Hall.

The public is invited to attend the annual ceremony, which is in remembrance of individuals who lost their lives in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to Favre’s remarks, the event features a welcome by Deborah Curtis, UCM Provost-Chief Learning Officer; singing of the national anthem by A1C Andrew T. Smith, Whiteman Air Force Base; rifle tribute by Clinton High School Junior ROTC Armed Exhibition Team, directed by Lt. Col. Maella M. Blalock; performance of TAPS by A1C Thomas Richards and A1C Amanda Blossom, WAFB; and the firing of a cannon and return of flags to full- and half-mast by the UCM Army ROTC battalion.

 Also part of the event will be a ceremonial bell ringing to honor first responders who lost their lives in 9/11. The bell ringing will be conducted by Scott Ammon, a local firefighter and UCM assistant professor of safety sciences, with participation by Warrensburg, Johnson County and WAFB firefighters. A moment of reflection, “And Then,” will be presented by Maj. Jason “J.C.” Christenson, professor of military science and leadership at UCM.

Favre was honored by UCM during undergraduate commencement ceremonies in May 2014. Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., he attended UCM for his undergraduate degree, double majoring in crisis and disaster management and criminal justice. In his current role as a command staff officer, Favre provides critical, high-level counsel to the fire chief of a 1,000-member department that protects a daytime population of over one million people. He serves as principal lead operational planner for the department, with responsibilities that include near-term and long-term research and development of strategic operations. He is responsible for cultivation of both intra-governmental relationships and the department’s national profile, managing initiatives across the offices of Special Operations, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Special Details, and Public Affairs.

Prior to his promotion to captain and assignment to the fire chief’s staff, Favre served as the emergency management coordinator where he implemented comprehensive response, sustainability and continuity policies for the department’s more than 1,000 members, 36 facilities and hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment and resources. He also developed and maintained comprehensive management plans for more than 3 million people in the St. Louis area.

Favre began his career working from firehouses in neighborhoods throughout the city. After several years learning the craft of firefighting, he was assigned to one of St. Louis’s two elite special operation rescue units, where he responded to fires and complex rescue incidents in some of the busiest fire battalions in the nation.

In addition to the Patriot Day ceremony, mobile units for the Kansas City VA and The Kansas City Vet Center will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 on Union Street to provide information and services to veterans.

To learn more about the Patriot Day event, contact Jeff Huffman or Delilah Nichols in Military and Veteran Services. Email or or call 660-543-8977.

Event attendees are encouraged to park at the Multipurpose Building, Lot 33, Washington and King streets, west of Audrey J. Walton Stadium. There will be limited parking spaces available in the visitor parking lots at South and Maguire streets on the north side of the Administration Building and at Clark and Holden streets on the south side of the Elliott Student Union.