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11-year-old honored for saving lives in house fire

Tearza Repp received a lifesaving award from Alexandria Fire Department leaders (left to right) Bill Thoennes, Tom Partington, Dennis Stark and Chief Jeff Karrow during Monday night’s city council meeting. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)

An 11-year-old girl stole the show at Monday night’s Alexandria City Council meeting.

For a good reason: She’s credited for saving lives.

Tearza Repp received a lifesaving award from the Alexandria Fire Department for her quick action when a fire quickly spread through her family’s home near Lake Mina on February 9.

After she awoke to a smoke alarm at 12:30 a.m., she alerted others and everyone got out of the burning house safely.

The house was destroyed.

Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow said that Tearza may have very well saved some lives that night.

The chief added that the smoke detectors were working and Tearza “did everything right” by acting quickly and not going back into the burning house.

Dressed in their best fire department attire, four leaders of the department called Tearza up to the front of the council chambers and presented her with a plaque recognizing her actions.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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