FOX Files: Marshal Death Anniversary

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Thursday, March 8th marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Deputy US Marshal, John Perry. He was ambushed and shot in the head while trying to serve an arrest warrant in a house in the 3100 block of Osage in south St. Louis. Perry, 48, died at 7 o’clock that night. During the shootout that erupted, the suspect, Carlos Boles was shot and killed. Another marshal and a city police officer were wounded, but survived.

Perry died in the line of duty.. a hero.. trying to protect all of us.  But his fiancee, Pam Robtoy tells me he was also a hero in another way that drew less attention. He was an organ donor. Pam says five people received organs and another 100 benefited from bone and tissue. So, even in death he continued to help others.

That prompted Pam to come up with a unique way to honor Perry on the anniversary of his death. With help from Mid-America Transplant Services, Pam plans to hold the John Perry Organ Donor Registration Drive. It will take place Thursday, March 8th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the US Federal Courthouse at 750 Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis. Anyone can just stop by. It only takes about five minutes to sign the necessary papers to register as an organ donor.

Pam feels such an effort will make the day a little more positive, and not just about mourning and grief.

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You won’t know what to expect as our reports often take twists that surprise even Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes.

“You never know where the truth will lead and you have to keep searching for it, even when you think you might be done,” Hayes said.

From getting arrested for trying to cover a public meeting, to getting law enforcement involved in his report about a daycare fight club, the Fox Files has been at the forefront of breaking news investigations in the St. Louis area.

It doesn’t stop just in St. Louis. The Pam Hupp/Russ Faria story took him to Lincoln County. Fox 2 was the first to report, nationally, on the synthetic drug epidemic when it began in St. Charles County, MO. In St. Louis County, our Fox Files reporting led to the dismantling of some police departments, including the departments of Uplands Park and Jennings. And in the City of St. Louis, our investigations led to swift government actions, such as our report that led to the Governor’s ordered shut down of a daycare.

Our reporting in St. Louis also led to former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ exclusive Fox Files interviews involving his court fight to oust the chief prosecutor while attempting to prove that political corruption led to an illegal overturning of a state election.

“It’s not always bad news,” Hayes said about a recent victory for a restaurant in his coverage of a St. Clair County Illinois issue. A Fox Files report, exposing a health department’s mistake over the COVID-19 pandemic, led to an overturning of a decision, allowing the business to open for limited inside dining.

Another investigation took us to Madison County, where prosecutors praised Fox 2’s coverage while shutting down an illegal synthetic drug business – and to Monroe County, where we uncovered key evidence in the Chris Coleman murder trial.

Even the national media, continues reaching out to local affiliate Fox 2 KTVI and the Fox Files, for its work on cases that are important to St. Louis. When you see a network television’s coverage of St. Louis, you’ll often see that they gathered information that was first uncovered right here.

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