Kinloch Fire Captain Richard Parks.
By Alex Fees
Kinloch, MO (KSDK) - A long time fire captain in the Kinloch Fire Protection District remains hospitalized in grave condition after collapsing at the firehouse more than a week ago.
Captain Richard Parks, 47, is on life support, according to Kinloch Fire Captain Mike Bowman.
Bowman said Parks was hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency and collapsing. It happened Monday, April 16 after a fire crew Parks was a part of returned from a house fire.
"Captain Parks started with Kinloch Fire in 1980 as a junior at age of 16. Upon turning 18, he turned into a full-fledged firefighter with Kinloch Fire Protection District. And he's remained here ever since," Bowman said.
Bowman called Parks the heart and soul of the fire house.
"He's essentially the life of this firehouse," said Bowman. "Without him being here it's somber and dull. That's the best way to put it. It's not the same atmosphere."
Bowman said Parks also had administrative duties within the department.
"He's been a mentor to a lot of us," he said. "I've been here 11 years and since the day I started he's been a mentor to me. He's been like a father-figure in the firehouse to most of us."