St. Louis Remembers Longtime Former Fire Chief

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 9, 2017 (STL.News) Former Fire Chief – The St. Louis area public safety community is preparing to say goodbye to one their own.

Longtime former St. Louis Fire Chief Neil Svetanics passed away at the age of 77 on June 7, 2017 after a brief lung illness.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Fire Department posted the following message on social media”
“It is with the saddest regret that we announce the death of Neil Svetanics, former Fire Chief of the St. Louis Fire Department.”

Sventanics joined the St. Louis Fire Department in 1986. The St. Louis native moved up the ranks, eventually becoming fire chief in 1986. He retired from the department in 1999.

His retirement was short lived. In 2001,Sventanics went on the lead the Lemay Fire Protection District, serving as the department’s fire chief until he retired in 2014.

Sventanics was honored repeatedly during his career that spanned over five decades. In 1998, Svetanics was named Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and by Fire Chief Magazine.

Sventanics held the respect and admiration among his colleagues during his long and distinguished career.

Missouri Deputy Director Gregg Favre had this to say after he learned of Sventanic’s death, “A legacy built, he left the job better than he found it.”

Backstoppers tweeted this message:

“We honor Fire Chief (Ret.) Neil Svetanics, who served on the BackStoppers Board, and his incredible dedication to the families we serve.”

Svetanics is preceded in death by his wife Judy Svetanics. He is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren.

Svetanics will be laid to rest on Monday, June 12. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church at 10 a.m.

A memorial visitation will be held at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church on Sunday, June 11 from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm.