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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 7, 2003- Student Government and the President’s Office of Southeast Missouri State University are making 500 smoke detectors available for off-campus students beginning with the fall 2003 semester.

Adam Schaefer, Student Government president, said the smoke detectors can be picked up when off-campus students pick up their textbooks at Textbook Rental in the fall. Details concerning distribution of the smoke detectors will be announced at the start of the fall 2003 semester, he said.

There will be a limit of one per person. Batteries will also be provided.

Steps were taken to purchase the smoke detectors for off-campus students in response to the death of Southeast student Katrina Krumrie, of Jackson, Mo., who died recently in an off-campus fire on Dunklin Street, said Ross McFerron, former Student Government president.

“I wish we had done it earlier,” McFerron said. “I wonder if it would have made a difference.”

Lowe’s and First Alert are helping to make this program possible.

“I would like to commend Ross McFerron and Student Government for taking the lead in working out this arrangement with Lowe’s and First Alert to establish this program,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “This exemplifies the kind of creative and effective Student Government Ross provided this year.”

Tyler Rusom, manager of Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse of Cape Girardeau, said Lowe’s strives to be a good community steward.

“Lowe’s has a Home Safety Council and wants to get involved in the community, particularly with safety. We always try to help out in any way that we can,” Rusom said.

Schaefer reminds all students who will be renting next year to make sure there are working smoke detectors in the apartment or home where they plan to live.

“If there are not, contact the landlord,” he advised.

According to a city ordinance, landlords are required to provide at least one smoke detector per unit of their property. The new Student Government program will provide a supplemental smoke detector for student bedrooms in rental property, McFerron said.

“If the distribution of the detectors saves just one life, then the expense will be worth it,” Schaefer added.


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