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Second graders sell cookies for Kampmeyer memorial fund


MEDFORD (WAOW)--Second graders at an area elementary school baked up some tasty treats for a fundraiser benefiting a fallen firefighter.

Jamison Kampmeyer died battling a blaze at the Abby Theater in Abbotsford earlier this month. He left behind a wife and three children. A memorial fund for Kampmeyer's family has been set up in his honor.

It was less than three weeks ago that Kampmeyer died, and a community still mourning is coming together to help.

"We're raising money for a firefighter that died," said second grader Jake Seifert.

"He lost his life helping us," Medford Elementary School second grader Emma Brost said.

"We are giving money to his family," second grader Brigham Kelley said.

During lunch, second graders lined up to sell delicious treats to their classmates.

"We have a cookie and lemonade stand," Brost said.

And the class held fundraisers before for various causes, but this one hits closer to home.

"I think in the past, we've sold a cookie or two at a time. We're selling dozens. Some kids have come in with four or six dozen ordered. It's because the families want to help," said second grade teacher Amy Wildberg.

While in the classroom, the focus is on honoring a hero. And for the past few weeks, students have been learning about firefighter in school.

"They save lives of other people," Seifert said.

"They're very important because they help us stay alive," Brost said.

"We want them to want to give back to the community and help others," said Wildberg.

"It feels good inside because I'm helping somebody," said Brost.

The second grade students were able to raise more than $2,000 today. That money will go to the Kampmeyer family, as well as the Colby and Medford Fire Departments.

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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