‘He saved my life’: Missouri teen pays tribute to the slain police officer who rescued him from his burning home as a baby, sharing a newspaper image of the miraculous rescue that he’s kept after all these years
- St. Louis cop Michael Langsdorf, 40, was fatally shot while on duty on Sunday
- The 17-year veteran of the police force was shot while responding to reports of a bad check being used at a local market
- A teenager he rescued from a burning building in 2003 is paying tribute to him
- KeAndre Colenburg, now 18, was just two years old when his father dropped him from the roof of their burning building into Officer Langsdorf’s arms
- Police are sharing a touching image from that fire showing baby Colenburg safe in Langsdorf’s arms after the rescue
- ‘It was kind of heartbreaking because I was hoping to meet the guy again one day because he did kind of save my life,’ Colenburg said on learning of his death
A teenager has paid a touching tribute to a slain Missouri police officer who rescued him from his burning building when he was a baby.
KeAndre Colenburg, now 18, was just two years old when he was rescued by then rookie St. Louis cop Michael Langsdorf after his house caught on fire and his father dropped him from the roof of their home to responding officers below in 2003.
On Sunday Langsdorf, 40, was fatally shot while in the line of duty, responding to a bad check complaint at a food market. He had worked as a police officer for over 17 years.
Following his death cops shared images of the front page of the a St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper from the 2003 fire showing baby Colenburg clinging to Officer Langsdorf after he was rescued.
KeAndre Colenburg, now 18, (right) is paying tribute to slain St. Louis officer Michael Langsdorf, 40, (left) who was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty on Sunday
Colenburg was just two years old when he was rescued by Officer Michael Langsdorf after his house caught on fire and his father dropped him from the roof of their home into the cop’s arms in 2003
Colenburg has kept a copy of that newspaper with his picture splashed on the front page all these years, hoping to one day give the officer a proper thank you
Colenburg saw the picture on social media and was heartbroken to learn the cop who saved his life was killed on duty.
‘That’s me. The police officer is actually the one who caught me,’ he said to KMOV.
On Sunday Langsdorf was shot and killed by 26-year-old Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks as he responded to a call about someone trying to use a bad check at a local market
‘It was kind of heartbreaking because I was hoping to meet the guy again one day because he did kind of save my life,’ Colenburg said. ‘It’s really sad.’
Colenburg has kept a copy of that newspaper with his picture splashed on the front page all these years, hoping to one day give the officer a proper thank you.
Though Colenburg doesn’t remember much of the fire, he says his family told him stories of how Officer Langsdorf visited them in the hospital to make sure they were alright.
‘That was just so nice of him to come check up on us, see how we were doing,’ he said.
On Sunday Langsdorf was shot and killed by 26-year-old Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks as he responded to a call about a suspect trying to use a bad check at a local market.
Lucretia Johnson, a clerk at Clay’s Wellston Food Market, reaches out for support from customers after Officer Langsdorf was shot and killed there on Sunday
Assistant Police Chief Ron Martin wipes tears as he talks about fallen Officer Michael Langsdorf in a news conference on Monday
The North County Police Department set up this memorial for the slain officer
He arrived to a St. Louis store called Clay’s Wellston Food Market Restaurant around 4.30pm and was shot within minutes, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
He arrived to the scene and tussled with Meeks, who procured a gun and pointed it at the store owner then pointed it at the officer and shot him in the back of the head.
The panicked market clerk shared a Facebook livestream of the cop on the ground after he was shot.
Meeks was described as a violent ‘multi-convicted felon’ with an ‘extensive criminal history’ by authorities.
He was charged Monday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest. Meeks is jailed without bond and does not yet have a listed attorney.
Langsdorf leaves behind two children, aged 13 and 18.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department tweeted, ‘Losing an officer breaks the hearts of first responders across the country. We pray for the family, friends, & colleagues of Officer Michael Langsdorf.’