You’re invited this Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:00 when North Lincoln Fire & Rescue will be rededicating the Taft Fire Station and Training Facility at 4520 SE highway 101, in Lincoln city the St. Clair Station for former volunteer, Fire Chief and Board member Elmo St. Clair.
Elmo Francis “Saint” St. Clair, was serving in the US Navy as a pilot in Seattle, when he met and married Melba in 1946; they were married for 62 years. They settled in the community of Taft, Oregon, raised their family, and started what became a very successful carpet, linoleum, and tile business called Custom Craft.
As the Fire Chief, he put his heart, humor, and hard work into everything he did. He was a man with great vision and saw the need for a Tsunami Warning System and re-established the Taft Station Fire Siren as a Tsunami Warning Siren.
The Board of Directors of the TND Fire Protection District appointed Elmo St. Clair to negotiate the property and purchase price for the station built at this location which replaced the station on 48th Street.
After retiring from the Board of Directors, he spent two years working full time locating, copying, and cataloging every news article ever published about Devils Lake Fire and TND Fire. He was a man who knew an organization needed to remember where they came from and to see where they were going. He once said “TND is a good department, but one day it will be part of a department that will cover all of North Lincoln County.
Chief Elmo St. Clair was a man of vision who knew how to share his vision.
Present at the rededication will be his son Dennis St. Clair, grandson Scott St. Clair and great-granddaughter Hanna St. Clair.