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Fallen firefighter's memorial wall unveiled in Colby

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COLBY (WAOW) -- A community is remembering a fallen firefighter.

A memorial wall dedicated to Jamison Kampmeyer was unveiled Sunday at the Colby Fire Department.

Kampmeyer died two years ago while fighting a fire.

"We're constantly talking about it," said Chief Ross Rannow of the Colby Fire Department. "We are never going to forget this. This was a life changing experience."

For his family and the Colby Fire Department, the memorial is just one of the many ways he will be remembered.

"He was always an outgoing, hardworking kid that liked to be involved," said his mother Pat Kampmeyer.

Chief Rannow says planning and constructing the wall took more than two years.

"Hopefully, every day someone looks at this, they'll go out and try to work together and keep everybody safe and everybody come home," Pat Kampmeyer said.

Chief Rannow says the wall identifies who Kampmeyer was and shows how involved he was in the community.

"He became a firefighter to help people," said Rannow. "He became an EMT to help people. He became a police officer to help people."

Those same people have helped Kampmeyer's family through this difficult time.

"Our community, all of Jay's fellow firefighters, we couldn't do it without them and we know they share our loss," said Pat Kampmeyer.

Life without her son hasn't gotten any easier.

"Everybody says you learn to cope, and I guess that's true, but as time goes on you probably miss him more because you miss him with every event. Every day I hear his voice and almost think he's going to walk in the door," she said.

Pat Kampmeyer says it made for an overwhelming ceremony, but a special one.

"We're honored that they put in this much time and effort," she said.

Jamison Kampmeyer left behind three sons. Pat Kampmeyer says they're the spitting image of their father and grow more like him every day.

At least a hundred people from the community joined them Sunday at the ceremony. Sunday would've been Kampmeyer's 37th birthday.

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