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Media Memo: Student apartment fire update

October 8, 2012

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, News Bureau director

DATE: Oct. 8, 2012

SUBJECT: Student apartment fire update

Following the notification of the families of four UW-Eau Claire students who were victims in a fire this morning at their Water Street residence, the Eau Claire Police Department has released the victims' names. The following email message was sent this evening from Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet to UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff:

To the UW-Eau Claire Campus Community,

We are sad to share with you the names of the following UW-Eau Claire students, all from Stillwater, Minn., who were victims of a fire this morning at their Water Street residence. Our hearts go out to their families and friends.

Ross Livermore, 21, a sophomore computer science major who was on leave from the university this semester, was killed in the fire.

Jacob Clarkson, 22, a senior computer science major, is at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with serious burns.

Garret Isakson, 21, a junior management major, was treated at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and released.

Casey Malan, 21, a senior English major, was treated at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and released.

The university, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the Red Cross are assisting the students left homeless by this tragedy. The Student Services Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate also is accepting donations for the displaced students; items may be dropped off at the University Service Center or the Student Organizations Complex in the Davies Student Center.

Our Dean of Students office will provide additional information as it becomes available regarding memorial services for Ross Livermore and updates in the condition of Jacob Clarkson.

Students, faculty and staff in need of emergency or urgent counseling assistance are encouraged to contact Northwest Connections Crisis Line at 888-552-6642, Emergency 9-1-1, Great Rivers 2-1-1 or your resident assistant or hall director. As we all process this loss, I encourage students to contact Counseling Services during regular business hours by calling 715-836-5521 or stopping by Old Library 2122. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program counselor in Counseling Services.

Please join me in continuing to keep these students and their loved ones in your thoughts in the aftermath of this tragic event.

Gilles Bousquet
Interim Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire

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