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Dozens race to remember fallen firefighter


Racers hit the speedway in Central Wisconsin to help the family of a fallen firefighter.

Jamison Kampmeyer died in March, fighting a fire at the Abby Theatre in Abbotsford. He worked as a volunteer firefighter in Colby. He was also a Marathon County Sheriff's Deputy.

"We just want to remember him, he was a great guy," Central Wisconsin Raceway Owner Cindy Smith said.

With each lap around the dirt track, the drivers remembered the fallen hero.

 "He was an EMT here," Smith explained. "He took care of the ambulance if there was an accident or anyone needed anything."

That's why Smith, along with her husband Larry put together a memorial race at the Raceway. Every ticket sold brought money for Jamison Kampmeyer's family.

"We know it is only monetary and it can't bring someone back but we wanted to do anything we could, even something small," Smith said.

The event featured six races, and anyone was able to participate. But, for those crossing the finish line first, a giant trophy was awarded to them.

"We all loved him," Smith said.

The race is just one event honoring Kampmeyer. This Saturday, hundreds of people will lace up in the Jamison Kampmeyer Memorial Run in Colby.

"It's a little bittersweet," Marathon County Detective Ryan Weber said. "Obviously we miss Jamison but it's fun to get together and remember him and run in his memory and share that memory."

 The run has been around for year. It was formally known as The Chariots of Cheese. But, this year, the name is brand new.

"We're just looking forward to running a race that meant a lot to him that he participated in for years," Det. Weber said.

Even those who didn't know Kampmeyer personally say the race is still something they want to do.

"It's a chance to get together and talk about our experiences with Jamison and reminisce a little," Detective Nathan Cihlar from the Wausau Police Department said.

So whether zooming around a dirt track, or running through his hometown. Jamison Kampmeyer's memory will live on. 

"He'll be looking down wishing he was running with us," Det. Weber said.

 For more information on the Jamison Kampmeyer Memorial Run click here,

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