The stakes are high for Schmitt, who faces a slew of other Republican Senate candidates, including former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned amid scandal in 2018, and Mark McCloskey, who was recently pardoned along with his wife for waving guns at social justice demonstrators last year. U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long also are running.
He was a father, a grandfather, and a firefighter. Many are grieving in Pulaski County after Chief Rick Hobbs passed away early Tuesday morning. His firefighter family is now learning to live without his infectious personality.