Horvath, Moeller, Grieshaber: Life Savers
Most UW-Parkside students, faculty, and staff were off campus for winter break at 10:34 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. That's when a fire was reported in a unit of the University Apartments. And that's when police officers Kelly Horvath and Chris Moeller, and risk management officer Bob Grieshaber became life savers.
All three were recently honored by the University Police and Public Safety Department for their heroism.
A fire in a bathroom vent fan caused smoke to fill the apartment unit which was occupied by two students at the time. Horvath and Moeller entered the unit and helped the students to safety. The students were not injured but the officers were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Meanwhile, Grieshaber pulled the building's main alarm and helped to evacuate the other students in the complex. Most students were allowed to return to their apartments later the same day; the students in the damaged housing unit were relocated. Grieshaber also coordinated the restoration work.
Officers Horvath and Moeller received Life Saving Awards for their quick actions while Grieshaber received a Civilian Letter of Commendation. With Chancellor Debbie Ford and Vice Chancellor Mel Klinkner on hand, all three were honored by UW-Parkside Police Chief Jim Heller during a department meeting.
In the photo, Chief Heller, right, stands with Grieshaber, left, and officers Horvath and Moeller.