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Final salute for longtime Wausau firefighter

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The Wausau Fire Department paid its final respects to a longtime firefighter.

William Steines, 67, worked for 30 years at the department, including time as the Assistant Fire Chief.

Steines died last Friday after battling cancer for more than two years.

On Thursday, fire trucks and ambulances led the procession to the cemetery.

The Wausau Fire Department Honor Guard also gave him a final salute.

Tom Leslie knew Steines for 32 years and worked alongside him.

"The world will be a lonelier place without Bill," said the longtime friend. "He was a brother to me, not only a brother you would do things with, but also a brother firefighter."

He says Steines left a legacy at the department by improving conditions for firefighters.

"He enacted a lot of changes that made the job safer," said Leslie. "He did a lot of training."

Family members say he had a line of service that expanded past the line of duty.

"Even up to the end he was shoveling snow for the neighbors," said Aaron Steines, his son.

Steines' friends say that giving spirit is what gravitated others to him.

"A measure of a man is also in the friendships that he has and Bill had hundreds of friends," said Leslie.

Hundreds came to say their final goodbyes.

"By seeing the community come out here, really touched us and really showed us what a person he was for the community of Wausau," said Steines.

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