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Giving Back: Construction Students Help Injured Officer

Giving Back: Construction Students Help Injured Officer

Students from South Tech’s Construction Trades and Floor Layers Middle Apprenticeship programs recently spent a day giving back to our community by working on renovations at The Forder House in South County.  The home is owned by Officer Rob King, a 19 year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, who had been working on renovations of the home for the past two years. Officer King was injured on the job in January and has not been able to return to work nor resume his work on the home. Junior Alex Jacobi, a Construction student from Oakville, learned about the King family’s needs and asked instructor Dustin Meyer if there was a way he and his fellow students could help.  With the assistance of Paul Petrus, a day of service was coordinated in which our senior Construction Trades and Floor Layers Middle Apprenticeship classes worked on a variety of projects in the cabin renovation, including tile and drywall installation and some demolition. According to stlco.com, The Forder Log Cabin at 2225 Telegraph, dates back to at least 1852.  It is part of a complex which includes a main house, a cabin, and a stone storage building. The complex is named for Samuel W. Forder who purchased the land in 1852, although the cabin may have already been on the site at the time.   Working on the historic cabin in service of Officer King was a special experience for our students.  Meyer said the students appreciated getting to see the craftsmanship of the cabin saying, “The actual log cabin is still there but is mainly covered up, and there is an addition added on to the home as well. So from the outside, it looks like an ordinary house. There were a few walls inside that are gutted down to the original log cabin frame where we were able to see the structure. We all thought it was really cool and have never seen anything like it before.” Our students plan to return to the site before the year’s end to complete their tiling projects in the cabin’s bathrooms.   This project is one of many acts of community service South Tech students perform each year as they consistently use their talents and skills to help others.   SaveSave

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