Firefighter Tim Block leaps from a rescue boat toward a man who has found himself alone in the water last week as Mehlville Fire Protection District employees practiced water-rescue routines on the Meramec River near Fenton. Posing as the water-rescue victim is firefighter Mike Gapsch. Pictured in the boat is Deputy Chief Training Officer Dan LaFata. Since the Special Operations Fast-Boat Rescue Team was put into service last year, the squad has made five rescues, according to Assistant Chief Brian Hendricks. Bill Milligan photo
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