The StLFD Lifesaving Foundation was co-founded by Curt Engler and Ned Fryer following the near fatal heart attack of Curt Engler. Intervening to save his life, StLFD firefighters used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and when Fire Department Paramedics arrived on the scene, a 12-lead monitor-defibrillators was also used on him. Those interventions saved his life. As a way to pay back the St. Louis Fire Department, Curt and Ned envisioned an organization whose mission would provide lifesaving technology, training, and equipment not available in the municipal budget.
Ned Fryer, Vice-President Emeritus, became interested in emergency medicine in the early 1980s when, as the American Red Cross local board chairman, he was asked to organize emergency medical services for what has become the annual Fair St. Louis Independence Day Celebration. He became an EMT in 1985 and a Paramedic in 1999. For over a decade he worked part-time for the Fire Department, contributing his paycheck to the Lifesaving Foundation.
“In January 1999, I suffered a sudden and severe ventricular fibrillation. The St. Louis Fire Department responded immediately to the 911 emergency call and I, fortunately, responded to their professional treatment. If not for their incredible work, I would not be here today.
The St. Louis Fire Department save lives, like mine, every single day. Yet, I was surprised to discover that some of our best and bravest do not have the most up-to-date training and equipment. Ned Fryer and I co-founded the Lifesaving Foundation to change that. Today, we are devoted to helping the department acquire the lifesaving technology, training, and equipment they need to save lives, lives like yours and mine.
As President and Co-Founder of the Foundation, I urge you to consider supporting the St. Louis Fire Department through the Lifesaving Foundation by giving a generous gift.”
– Curt Engler, co-founder of Lifesaving Foundation