Remembering the Loss of Charlene Mechley

Safe Kids Joins "Hopes of Faith" Effort

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Monday afternoon, three Hermantown girls were rewarded for taking a stand after losing their 11-year-old friend to carbon monoxide poisoning.

It was just a few months ago that Charlene Mechley and her father died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Rice Lake Township. 

The three girls started a campaign called “Hopes of Faith.”

The campaign helps prevent the silent killer from taking any more lives. 

The girls received recognition from the worldwide organization, Safe Kids Northeast Minnesota.

The organization is dedicated to the mission of preventing unintentional injuries.

They rewarded the girls in their effort to prevent CO poisoning with 100 carbon monoxide detectors.

“I was crying because I was just thinking about how many people I have saved,” said 5th grader, Bryanna Kliegle. 

Bryanna, along with Ani and Alexa, are the creators behind “Hopes of Faith.”

Collecting donations or carbon monoxide detectors is their mission.

The donation meant the world to the Mechley family and friends.

“No words can describe what the girls have done,” said family friend, Shirley Kortekaas.

Bryanna was a friend and classmate to Charlene Mechley. 

“She was a really nice girl and I was really sad when she died,” said Kliegle. 

Knowing there was a simple solution to prevent her death is what inspired her to be a creator of the campaign. 

The students took the tragedy and learned from it in a positive way.

“Even though it’s sad what happened to Michael and Charlene, I hope this brings awareness to families,” said Kortekaas. 

The girls will continue to raise awareness and have faith they can help more families. 

“We want to pass this down to people and make sure this carries on,” said 5th grader, Alexa Aagenes. 

Prior to the donation, the girls gave away nearly 200 detectors to families. 

There will be a spaghetti feed at The Other Place Bar on Sunday from 12 p.m to 6 p.m. to help the family. 

The students, along with the two survivors, will be attending.

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