Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Chance to Say Good-Bye

Flags at half mast, a two hour parade of fire trucks, police cars, SWAT tactical vehicles, Engines...all with lights a blazing. A packed gym.  Emergency personnel from the entire region.  Tears.  Laughter.
Members of the Colby Fire Department ride their fire engine Friday with the casket of firefighter Jamison Kampmeyer in the procession to St. Mary’s Cemetery after the funeral Mass for Kampmeyer at Colby High School.
Laura Schmitt/Marshfield News-Herald

He was a husband, a daddy, a SWAT team member, a Sheriff's deputy (who received his detective's shield posthumously), a teacher and a firefighter.  Lt. Kampmeyer was truly one who simply wanted to help his community - giving back.  There is a family, a community and a department mourning the loss of one of their own.  His fellow firefighters are going through what they might of missed and why it had to be him.  I can only imagine what his wife is going through, and I truly try to push those thoughts from my mind.

Please take a moment to say a prayer for Lt./Det. Jamison Kampmeyer.  Say a prayer for his wife.  Say a prayer for their three boys, all still so little.  Say a prayer for the community.  Pray for peace and healing.  There is no easy journey to acceptance.  Say a prayer that all of our firefighters and emergency personnel come home safe.

R.I.P. Jamison Kampmeyer.  Peace to your loved ones.  And to the love of my life, come home safe.
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