A Day We Will Not Soon Forget
July 21st, 2008
Very early on the morning of July 21st , 2008 the Maplewood Fire Department recieved a call for a truck fire on the 7400 block of Zephyr. This was 22-year old Ryan Hummert's first fire call. What happened when the crew arrived was unimaginable: a sniper began shooting at the firefighters. A bullet struck and mortally wounded Maplewood’s youngest firefighter, Ryan Hummert, who as the son of former Mayor Andy Hummert and Jackie Hummert, had roots that ran deep through the Maplewood community. Two police officers, Adam Fite and Sergeant Mike Martin, were shot and wounded. A crew of Maplewood Firefighters and a number of Police Officers found themselves in the line of fire and risked their lives that day to save colleagues and protect residents from a pathological sniper who ultimately took his own life. We will never know why this happened nor will we ever forget that day.
This tragic event occurred on the cusp of the City's Centennial celebration. In all of its one hundred years this is one of the biggest tragedies suffered.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Hummert Family, the Maplewood Firefighters and the Maplewood Police Department. Our thanks will always be there to those in the community who came forward to help.
Please read below to see how you can help.