MU observes moment of silence for Lt. Bruce Britt

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 12:59 p.m. CST; updated 3:11 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 27, 2014
MU faculty, staff and students observe a moment of silence Thursday morning on Francis Quadrangle to commemorate Lt. Bruce Britt. Britt died Saturday after a walkway collapse at University Village apartments, a graduate-student housing complex owned by the university.

COLUMBIA — Members of the MU community gathered Thursday morning on the Francis Quadrangle for a moment of silence honoring Columbia Fire Department Lt. Bruce Britt, who died Saturday after a walkway collapse at University village apartments, a complex owned by MU.

At 10 a.m., about 25 MU students and faculty bowed their heads. As the group stood outside in the cold weather with hands in their pockets, a couple more people stopped to join them.

Although many present at the moment of silence might not have known Lt. Britt personally, the impact that his sacrifice made brought them there. Jake Wright, president of the Graduate Professional Council, was one of those in attendance.

"GPC represents all of the graduate and professional students at the university. Lt. Britt gave his life to protecting those students. Taking a moment out of my day to honor his sacrifice is certainly the least I could do," Wright said.

The group remained for several minutes, after which Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, thanked everyone for being there.

"He certainly was there to keep our students safe and I am very, very grateful for that," Scroggs said.

As the crowd dispersed, a bell honoring Lt. Britt rang from Switzler Hall at 10:15 a.m.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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