Mother of Wadena trailer fire victims preaches importance of carbon monoxide detectorsNew York Mills, MN (WDAY TV) - Tomorrow in New York Mills, Minnesota, the first of two funerals are set this week for a couple that died in a tragic camper trailer fire just days ago in Wadena.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
New York Mills, MN (WDAY TV) - Tomorrow in New York Mills, Minnesota the first of two funerals set this week for a couple that died in a tragic camper trailer fire just days ago in Wadena.
Tonight, the mother of one of the victims is speaking out about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors. Investigators say 21 year-old Daniel Suhl and his 21 year-old girlfriend Anne Carlson died from carbon monoxide.
Leann Johnson talks proudly about her son, Daniel. From those early days of hockey, to recently when he left the oil patch in North Dakota and, along with his girlfriend Anne, moved back to Wadena to start life over.
Bob Kingsley - Leanne’s Boyfriend: “They had enough of that crazy life out there.”
Leanne Johnson - Daniel’s Mother: “And he just could not handle being away from all of those people he loved so much for so long.”
When Daniel and Anne moved back from the Bakken, they brought along the camper they had been living in there. It had no carbon monoxide detector. Tonight, Daniel's mom is begging those with campers to get one.
Leanne Johnson: “I started thinking about all those people in Williston where the kids came from. Everybody is living out there like that every single day. How many of them are living in older campers? There are hundreds and hundreds of campers out in the oil field. That's why I decided to do this. I want people to know. They need to find out, do they have carbon monoxide detectors in there? If they don't, go to your local fire department; ask for one if you can't afford to buy one."
Both fire victims are being remembered for giving to others. Anne was well known around the Fort Ransom-Lisbon (ND) area. Daniel, for helping so many in Wadena following the big tornado.
Mike Kleinke - Daniel’s Godfather: “Outgoing and caring and loving, looking out for others”
While newer RV's require CO detectors, older model camper trailers do not. But this mother, who has now lost her son and his girlfriend in front of her house days ago, hopes her message will save the lives of others.
Johnson: “When my kids went to bed that night, you did not think they were not be there the next morning, and you take life for granted. It can your lives, because you just don't know that tomorrow is not going to come."
Daniel Suhl's funeral is Thursday in New York Mills; Anne Carlson's is set for this weekend in Iowa. A North Dakota service is planned for later.