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Bridge stories

From M, fall 2007

A number of people connected with the University--students, faculty, and staff--were among the first on the scene following the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge. Here are some of their stories.

University medical, dental students help victims after bridge collapse
After the 35W bridge collapse, University medical and dental students rushed to offer their help--administering first aid, flagging down trucks to use as makeshift ambulances, and comforting the victims of the disaster.

For U professor, bridge collapse hits close to home
Ross Macmillan, an associate professor of sociology, was on his way home from work when he heard the bridge fall. He then raced to the river by foot to offer his assistance.

Four officers were ready to serve
Many police officers on the Minneapolis scene had put in long hours and needed relief, and four off-duty officers from the Duluth campus stepped up to offfer their service.

U of M professor listens, calms victims after bridge collapse
Although he wasn't in the accident, Tai Mendenhall knows firsthand how painful it was for the victims. The U professor was deployed to the hospital as part of the University's Medical Reserve Corps.

Morris student aids in bridge rescue
During the I-35W bridge collapse, UMM senior Isaiah Brokenleg helped to calm the children who were on the school bus.

U grad composes tribute song
Two days after the I-35W bridge collapsed, U grad Phil Thompson made a trip to the Mississippi River for a view of the scene. That evening, the acclaimed pianist composed "Final Ride Home," a compelling tribute to the victims of the tragedy, their families, and volunteers.

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