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Creve Coeur Firefighters Back From Joplin

Team was part of a countywide urban search and rescue operation sent to Southwest Missouri.

Members of the who were deployed Monday night to assist with search and rescue operations in tornado-ravaged Joplin, MO have returned home, according to a district spokesperson.

Captain Rich Schneider along with firefighter/paramedics Kelly Foster and Terry Matt were part of a countywide array of emergency personnel sent to Southwest Missouri in the wake of Sunday's storm.

Fire District spokesperson Jerry McQueen tells Patch the three returned early Thursday morning and actually finished their local shift in Creve Coeur before going home.

McQueen did not have specifics on their experiences while in Joplin, and they were not immediately available for interviews. McQueen said they worked on a three-story apartment complex which sustained heavy damage.

President Obama is expected to visit Joplin over the weekend to survey the impact f Sunday's tornado, which the Associated Press is reporting has killed at least 125 people.

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