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Fallen firefighter made impact as NTC instructor

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Jamison Kampmeyer was very involved in central Wisconsin communities. He worked full-time as a Marathon County Sheriff's Deputy, was a volunteer firefighter in Colby and taught defense and arrest tactics as an adjunct instructor at North Central Technical College.

"I just turned white. I was stunned, shocked...because he was such a wonderful, wonderful person," said fellow NTC instructor Andrew Kleppe. He received the news Kampmeyer had been killed in the line of duty late Sunday night.

"His smile is something I will never forget as long as I live," he said.

People who knew Kampmeyer told Newsline 9 he had a bright smile and a giving heart.

"He'd work a third shift the night before and then end up coming in to class at eight, nine o'clock ready to teach for four hours. It takes a special kind of person to do that," said Cory Gladden, a fourth semester criminal justice student who was taught by Kampmeyer.

Students and staff at NTC said he was a gifted instructor, who made an instant impact. 

"He made people feel good. He made people proud of who they were and yet, he could still train them," said Kleppe.

"I only got to meet him a few times, but it was enough to tell he was...a hero," said criminal justice student Nate Dye.

A hero, who sacrificed his life fighting to keep others safe. 

"Being a volunteer firefighter, being a deputy, being an adjunct instructor, all that takes away from being with your family. That's a difficult thing...and he chose to make those choices," said Gladden.

They said Kampmeyer made sacrifices that will leave a lasting impression, just like his smile.

"He was always smiling and I think that's a rare quality, to choose to be happy," said Kleppe.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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