Submitted by his son
Gerald ‘Jerry’ J. Buehne‚ 64‚ Fire Chief‚ Affton Fire Protection District‚ died March 10‚ 2005‚ while en route to a Chief’s meeting‚ when his staff vehicle was struck head on by a fleeing robbery suspect. Jerry was with the Affton Fire District for 43 years. He was the Fire Chief for the last 5 years. The fire service was his life and one of his loves‚ along with his family.
He was an instructor‚ along with his son Tim‚ who followed his dad’s footsteps into the fire service‚ at the St. Louis County Fire Academy. Jerry was instrumental in building two fire stations and ordering two state-of-the-art fire trucks before his death.
Jerry was a husband of 43 years to Ladonna‚ father of Tim and Cindy‚ and a grandpa to four; Torrie‚ Luke‚ Timmy‚ & Paige.
Jerry was a friend to all. His positive outlook‚ mild manner and love of life were his strongest attributes. He was truly a gentleman. He died with his pocket bible in his breast pocket which probably speaks the most of this man and his life.