By Bruce Wallace

While many SoBoCo teens go to camp to dribble a basketball or hit a baseball, three South County teens went to a summer “camp” recently so they could crawl through a burning trailer.

Emily Russell, Danielle Cunningham and Madeleine King attended a week-long fire training camp for junior firefighters in Sullivan in June.

The three students – Russell and Cunningham will be seniors at SoBoCo and King graduated this past May – were among about 30 junior firefighters from around the state who attended. Fire trainees lived at one of the Sullivan fire houses and spent their days either in the classroom or learning skills that would help them become emergency responders.

Russell and Cunningham both participated in the junior fire fighter program training offered by the Southern Boone Fire Protection District. For King, who has emergency medical training through the career center, it was her first fire fighter training.

“It was incredible,” King said of the experience. “I went in knowing nothing – no fire training and some medical – and I learned a lot.”

~ Read more about their experience in today’s Journal ~