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On Call

Andrew Worrall melds the life of a student and firefighter.

Andrew Worrall

Andrew Worrall participates in a training exercise at the Boone County Fire Protection District Training Center in April 2012.

Although balancing life between training and volunteer firefighting can be tough, Andrew Worrall believes it’s worth the sacrifice. The Roseville, Minn., native came to Mizzou to attend the School of Journalism. In preparation, he worked for The Maneater student newspaper, where he became fascinated with covering medical emergencies, accidents and fires. Worrall was so frequently on the scene of emergencies that local firefighters began to recognize him. Soon he volunteered to become one of them.

Worrall loves being part of Columbia’s community of volunteer firefighters. He lives rent free at Station 8 at 5801 S. Route K with seven housemates, whom he considers his brothers. They socialize, cook meals and, most important, save lives together.

In January, he enrolled in the Law Enforcement Training Institute through MU Extension. Worrall says the institute’s schedule and emergency calls overnight can sometimes leave him short on sleep. Though he spends about 40 hours a week in training, he enjoys volunteering for the fire district.

Worrall has prioritized firefighting over schoolwork, extracurricular activities and the more footloose schedule of a typical college student. He professes no regrets. “I could not have accomplished what I have without my family and girlfriend,” he says. “My path has been rough for them, as well.”