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Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel


Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel started his career in 1975 with the St. Louis Fire Department. In 1979 he accepted the position of firefighter with the former Chesterfield Fire Protection District, now the Monarch Fire Protection District. In 1993 he was promoted to Captain, 1999 Battalion Chief, 2006 Deputy Chief, and in 2014 Assistant Chief. Chief Spiegel holds a Paramedic license, an Associate Degree in Fire Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Management. He and his wife Susan are residents of the Fire District.



Deputy Chief EMS Nick Harper


Deputy Chief Harper started his career as a fire fighter with the United States Air Force in 1976. He joined the ranks of the Monarch Fire Protection District as a fire fighter in April of 1979. He earned his paramedic license in July of 1990 and was promoted to Captain in January of 2001. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in February 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Management from Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri. Nick also completed his Master's of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University, Wisconsin in 2016. He is a Missouri Division of Fire Safety Certified Fire Officer II and Instructor II. He is currently a Missouri State certified EMS Instructor and certified paramedic, a member of the swift water rescue team and high angle rescue team. He currently serves as 1 of our 4 Fire Department Chaplains.

Deputy Chief Harper Lives in St Peters with his wife Peggy, of 30 years and together they have raised 2 daughters.

Deputy Chief - Training Robin Echele


Deputy Chief Echele has been in the Fire Service for thirty-one (31) years, both as a volunteer (1981 to 2000) and as a paid career medic and fire fighter (1983 to present). He is also a licensed Paramedic in the State of Missouri and has been since 1985. Chief Echele started his paid career at Warren County Ambulance District in 1983 and then went to St. Charles County Ambulance District all while volunteering in the Fire Service too. He was able to merge his EMS and Fire Service career into one in at Eureka Fire protection District and then the City of Berkeley Fire Department. In August of 1990, he left the City of Berkeley Fire Department and went to work for the Chesterfield / Monarch Fire Protection District as a Firefighter / Paramedic. He was first promoted to Captain and then to Chief Training Officer in May 2001, and to Deputy Chief, Special Operations & Training in February 2012.

Deputy Chief Echele's current State of Missouri certifications include; Fire Fighter I & II, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer II, and Fire Service Instructor III. He recently received national certification as a Fire Department Incident Safety Officer. He is also a Hazardous Materials Technician with the St. Louis County Emergency Response Team. He has been through Technical Heavy Rescue training, Basic & Advanced Tactical Medic training, as well as trained in – and an instructor for – National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) basic, advanced and command level training courses.

Deputy Chief Echele's formal education includes an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Technology from East Central College in Union, Mo. From Lindenwood University, he has obtained a Bachelor of Arts – ***** Laude – in Human Resource Management; Master of Science in Human Resource Management; and a Master of Business Administration. He is a 2006 graduate of the Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program at the University of Missouri's Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs in Columbia, Missouri. In July of 2010 he received professional designation as CFO – Chief Fire Officer. He recently completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Deputy Chief Echele believes in a lifetime of training and education.

Deputy Chief - Operations Les Crews


Deputy Chief Les Crews started his career in 1978 with the Glendale Fire Department. In 1979 he accepted the position of firefighter with the former Chesterfield Fire Protection District, now the Monarch Fire Protection District. He was promoted to Captain, Battalion Chief and in 2015 Deputy Chief, Special Operations. Chief Crews is also a member with Missouri Task Force One, a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Team and serves in the capacity of a Task Force Leader and as a FEMA Incident Support Team as a USAR Specialist. During his carer he has responded to several national disasters to include: The 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2011 Joplin tornado and the 2014 Mudslide in Oso Washington. Chief Crews holds an Emergency Medical Technician license, and as Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology.



Fire Marshal Roger Herin


Roger Herin began his career with the Monarch Fire Protection District in 1984 as the first Fire Inspector for the fire district. Prior to that, he was employed by St. Louis County as a Public Works Inspector. Roger was promoted to the newly created position of Assistant Fire Marshal in the year 2000. On April 1, 2011, Roger was promoted to Fire Marshal. He is certified through the International Code Council, as a Master Code Professional, which includes certifications in all disciplines of code enforcement. He is also holds certifications from the State of Missouri as a Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator and Fire Service Instructor. He is also certified through the National Fire Protection Association as a Fire Inspector. Roger has an Associates degree in Fire Protection Technology, which he attained at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. He is also a graduate of several fire prevention courses at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland.


A Shift Battalion Chief Ed Fassler


Battalion Chief (BC) Ed Fassler began his career with the Monarch Fire Protection District in July 1996 as a Paramedic/Firefighter. Ed progressed through the ranks: an approved Engineer, EMS Supervisor, and Company Officer. June 20, 2016 Ed was promoted to Battalion Chief.

BC Fassler has an Associate Degree in Fire Science, he is a licensed Paramedic, Strike Team Leader, and he is certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician. He is active on Officer and Instructor Development Committees, and he is the Fire District’s CCE911 Representative.

BC Fassler has a family heritage in Emergency Services; his father is a retired Deputy Chief and he has two brothers currently serving. Ed, his wife, and their three children are residents of the Fire District.



B Shift Battalion Chief Dave Schmitt


Battalion Chief Schmitt began his career with the Monarch Fire Protection District on Oct. 1, 1979. He worked his way through the ranks, promoted to Engineer in 1986, Captain in 1997, and Battalion Chief on August 7, 2012. He is a state licensed Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Officer II and Fire Instructor I. He has an Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Battalion Chief Schmitt resides in Manchester with his wife Kathy and they have 4 children.



C Shift Battalion Chief Bill Long


Battalion Chief Long started his career with the Department on August 15, 1988. He was promoted to Captain in July 2000. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in April 2012. He is a Missouri Division of Fire Safety Certified Fire Officer II and Instructor II. He has an Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Battalion Chief Long resides in West County and has two children.