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Schmidt’s Training Pays Off in Emergency

January 14, 2013

Amanda Schmidt  
Amanda Schmidt saved the lives of her family members when their house erupted in flames last October.












Quick action by Amanda Schmidt saved the lives of her family in October when their Ballwin home erupted in flames following an explosion that was traced to a dehumidifier malfunction.

Schmidt, 20, is pursuing an associate degree in teaching at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. She also is a member of the St. Louis County Police Explorer Post 9774. 

“Amanda has always been a dedicated member of the explorer post and an excellent president of the Meramec Criminal Justice Club,” said Ed Ucinski, a Meramec college police officer. “Of all of the students that I have encountered over the years, she has definitely been one of the most dedicated, hard-working and selfless individuals I have met at Meramec. Her bravery and gallantry did not surprise me. Amanda has conducted herself in the finest tradition of the exploring program and is a stellar example worthy of emulation.”

A more complete account of Schmidt’s actions was written by Amy Moore for the Current News Magazine’s Dec. 26 edition.