Due to an overwhelming response from the community, the St. Charles Police and Fire Departments can no longer participate in birthday parades for community members.
Effective immediately, no more requests for these special events are being taken. Parade commitments previously scheduled with the Fire Department will be honored when possible, based on personnel availability.
The events had become increasingly popular amid the Governors Stay-at-Home Order. “Everyone truly enjoyed being involved and watching the children’s faces as we drove up with our lights and sirens going,” said Police Commander Special Services Rich Clark. “But based on an increase in our calls for service, it has become increasing more difficult for our officers to participate in the daily parades.” Commander Clark, who was coordinating requests, had received 62 parade requests since April 3rd.
Fire Chief Scott Swanson echoed the sentiment, “We were happy to be able to do something special for the community during these difficult times,” said Chief Swanson. “Unfortunately, our ability to attend these events has become too challenging.”