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WI Firefighter Memorial to add Jamison Kampmeyer

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW)--Later this year, Jamison Kampmeyer's name will be added to the Wisconsin Firefighters Memorial in Wisconsin Rapids. His name is added during a ceremony that honors and remembers those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The names of the men and women who gave their lives to protect others is on the wall. In a ceremony this October, Jamison Kampmeyer will be added.

"We try to do it in a dignified manner, so we are honoring those people," WI Firefighter Memorial Secretary John Steuck said.

Kampmeyer will join a company of more than 200 who died in the line of duty.

"This is an extremely selfless act," Steuck said.

Memorial officials say this monument is in Wisconsin Rapids because it's in the middle of the state. They say with Kampmeyer's death, it hits close to home because he lived less than 60 miles away.

"When it's someone that's not that far away, the emotion is stronger," said Steuck.

During the ceremony, event leaders say each name is read aloud, each firefighter remembered.

"It doesn't matter whether the person is a career firefighter, paid on-call, or volunteer. It still feels hard, it hurts," Steuck said.

The memorial event is called The Final Alarm. After the names are read, a bell rings, a symbol for firefighters who hear those bells at the end of each shift.

"The people who died in the line of duty, they basically give it their all and we feel it's appropriate that they should be honored because they did make the ultimate sacrifice," Steuck said.

The ceremony ends with a silent procession through Wisconsin Rapids, another chance to honor these heroes.

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Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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