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Sigma Chi thanks Oxford firefighters

Nearly one year after a fire at the Sigma Chi fraternity house forced 50 Miami students from their home and seriously injured one member, Sigma Chis celebrated their return and thanked the firefighters who rescued them.

Oxford firefighters credited their thermal imaging camera with saving the life of Robert Ammarell, a senior from Nashville, Tenn., who was hospitalized for smoke inhalation following the early morning blaze Nov. 10, 2000.

The Miami Sigma Chi chapter formally thanked Oxford firefighters Saturday at the dedication of its renovated fraternity house. Oxford Fire Chief Len Endress was presented a check for $17,200 for use in purchasing a second thermal imaging unit.

Steve Hlavin, chapter president, says current chapter members and alumni contributed to the special fund as did Oxford firefighters. In addition, Miami’s Interfraternity Council donated $1,800.

Last year’s fire was tragic and stressful, says Hlavin, but chapter members have learned from the experience. They’ve worked with university administrators in promoting fire safety by presenting programs to other students.

Ammarell, who returned to Miami after an extended hospital stay, graduated on time in May and is now attending medical school, says Hlavin. The fraternity house, which sustained heavy damage, reopened this summer. The dedication Oct. 27 was scheduled to coincide with Miami’s Homecoming so that alumni could participate.

Date Published: 11/01/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 14

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