Loras College, Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines andIowa Fire Marshal Jeff Quigle offered their thanks and special recognition to four employees of Radio Dubuque who helped evacuate Loras College students during an early morning fire at Visitation Hall on March 16.
Josh Crowell, Mike Callaghan, Tim Lary and Lisa Bennett received letters of commendation from Steines and Quigle. Sue Hafkemeyer, director of communications at Loras College, presented a plaque of appreciation (see entire proclamation below) to the entire group of heroes and free passes to Loras sporting and campus events for one year, on behalf of President Jim Collins. Also, Crowell, who was first to enter the building at the time of the fire, received a college admission remission package to earn a degree at Loras.
The employees saw the fire around 5 a.m. from the nearby Radio Dubuque office.
The fire caused widespread damage throughout the 100-plus-year-old building, temporarily displacing more than 40 students.
Loras College Proclamation
“Whereas members of the Loras College community are eternally grateful for the actions of Radio Dubuque and I s employees on March 16, 2016, when a fire devastated the Visitation Building on Alta Vista Street; and,
Whereas Radio Dubuque employees took actions that showed bravery, compassion, kindness and camaraderie of community and human spirit by…
Alerting Loras College students to the danger of the early morning fire; and,
Providing those students a safe, warm and dry shelter while firefighters battled the blaze; and,
Supporting Loras College staff with shelter and communication needs during the initial hours of the fire,
Be it hereby resolved that…
We applaud and commend the heroic acts of Josh Crowell, Mike Callaghan, Tim Lary, Lisa Bennett and the support of the entire Radio Dubuque team in response to this unforeseen and potentially tragic event.”