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Community gathers to honor Jamison Kampmeyer


A central Wisconsin community rallies to remember a fallen firefighter, making sure his sacrifice is never forgotten.

Colby firefighter Jamison Kampmeyer died last year while battling a fire at the Abby Theater in Abbotsford.

Kampmeyer's wife and three sons attended the groundbreaking of the new Jamison Kampmeyer Memorial Wall. Fellow firefighters and many people from the community joined as well.

It's a time of reflection for friends and family of Jamison Kampmeyer, the Colby Volunteer Firefighter and Marathon County Sheriff's Deputy who died battling a fire at the historic Abby Theater.

"It's tragedy, it shakes the whole community, especially a community of this size," said Ross Rannow, Colby Fire Chief.

Kampmeyer was fighting the fire inside the theater.

Investigators determined the roof collapsed from the heat and flames, killing him.

"We've never had anything this close to us," said Rannow.

Right now, there's a lot of grass in front of the Colby Fire Department, but soon, organizers said this spot will become the brand new Jamison Kampmeyer Memorial Wall.

"Oh it'll help, it certainly will help, and once the paving stones are all down, we intend to put benches and table there, it'd be a place to just and reflect," said Rannow.

Kampmeyer's wife and three sons took part in a groundbreaking for the wall.

The fire chief said it will be about 12 ft. wide and will represent Kampmeyer's dedication.
"We've had a fire helmet, fire boots, and fire axes bronzed," said Rannow.

Also on the wall, a replica of Kampmeyer's firefighter and sheriff's badges.

Organizers said many people in the community have donated to this project. One of them, a 15-year-old Boy Scout. He raised more than $10,000.

"I've been doing a lot of planning, a lot of phone calls," said Jacob Miller, Boy Scout.

The Colby Fire Chief said he hopes this memorial will keep Jamison Kampmeyer's memory alive, comfort his family and help everyone heal.

Organizers said the memorial wall will cost about $30,000 to complete. They said it's scheduled to be finished by October.

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