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Kimberly Schlau became involved with PursuitSAFETY, a national nonprofit public safety organization, about a year after the deaths of her two oldest girls, Jessica Uhl and Kelli Uhl.
Members of PursuitSAFETY met with Kim at her home in Collinsville, IL. Candy Priano introduced Kim, Cheryl Cooper, and David and Brenda Ehrensperger to Maryville, IL Police chief Rich Schardan. This group enjoyed lunch at a local pizzaria. Later, Candy introduced Kim to St. Louis County Police chief Tim Fitch. During this meeting with Chief Fitch, discussion focused on the possibility of Kim speaking to St. Louis County police recruits.
Consequently, this meeting led to Kim's first invitation to speak to recruits. She spoke from her heart at the St. Louis County & Municipal Police Academy. Her presentation was graciously received as evidenced by the plaque, which reads in part "please accept our sincere appreciation for your assistance in providing insight into the human side of the training of Basic Police Recruit Class #172." Larger image of plaque.
Today, Kim's presentation covers how Jessica, 18, and Kelli, 13, were killed on November 23, 2007. An Illinois state trooper was driving at a reported speed of 126 miles per hour to respond to an accident scene that was already secured by first-responders. He was talking on his personal cell phone while driving at this high rate of speed, lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median, striking their car and killing them instantly.
Since their deaths, Kim has dedicated herself to talking about her daughters' deaths in an effort to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families. She worked with legislators to have a stretch of Interstate 64 in St. Clair County, IL, from Mascoutah, IL, to Highway 158 (the crash site) named "The Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Highway" in hopes of encouraging drivers to slow down and drive without the distraction of speaking or texting on their cell phones.
Kim Schlau gives her presentation during Lifeline Training's "Beyond the Cones" Training Courses during the "motor vehicle and traffic 'accident'" portion of the program.
Her resume includes presentations to police recruits at the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy, several Illinois law enforcement agencies, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Southern Illinois Criminal Justice Summit, and others.
Kim has established a scholarship at Jessica’s college, is in the process of establishing a scholarship in Kelli’s name, and also works in the community, planning blood drives, memorial events and fundraisers in her daughters’ names. She also reaches out to other families who have lost children to offer sympathy, support, and assistance in setting up scholarships and foundations in their memories. Kim also writes an online blog—Parachuting Without A Net—where she shares anecdotes about her personal life, including raising her youngest daughter, Madelyn. She also maintains a website dedicated to her daughters—Jessica and Kelli Uhl .
"We are hopeful that this conviction [of ex-Illinois State Police trooper Matt Mitchell] sends a message not only to all first responders and law enforcement officers, but to all drivers. Please slow down, pay attention, put down the phone and drive safely.” —Kimberly Schlau
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Posted April 22, 2010
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