Assistant Chief Gary Graf
Began with the Fire District in 1989, he was in High School and 16. Third generation firefighter with the district. Grandpa served as chief of Robertsville Fire and as Fire Marshall and Fire Chief of Pacific. Dad was a longtime volunteer with the fire district as the rank of Engineer
Summer prior to Senior year completed EMT training and Firefighter I & II during senior year of high school.
After graduating from Pacific High School, worked full-time for Meramec Ambulance while continuing to volunteer and work part-time for the fire district. Started full-time with the Fire District in January in 1995.
Graduate of the Emergency Medical and Fire Technology programs from East Central Collage. Graduated from St. Louis County fire academy class 38.
Asst. Chief Graf has been involved in Urban Search and Rescue and has served as regional Rescue Task Force Leader for numerous natural disasters.
Co-Owner of Engine House Training that teaches firefighters different fire service topics and skills and have been a FDIC Hands on Training Instructor.
Married to wife Kim for 25 years. Kim has been an EMT, Paramedic and ER nurse. Daughter Megan became fourth generation when she got involved in Emergency services, as an Explorer (Junior Firefighter) for Pacific Fire Protection District and is currently with Bunker Hill Fire in IL as a Firefighter/EMT.
Asst. Chief Graf and his wife enjoy traveling, baseball games, boating and Kim being an antique dealer puts them in a lot of antique shops and auctions. He also enjoys barbecuing and playing golf.
“I enjoy learning and training on all aspects of emergency services. Constant education and preparedness makes us ready when our citizens call upon us during their worst time. I was told early in my fire service journey, “Always remember where you came from, this will keep you humble and grounded.” At the time I didn’t fully understand the meaning, but the further I go in life the more it completely makes sense. We must always remember that what we do is for the citizens, the community, and the service. If we forget that, we have forgotten where we came from.”