Friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of volunteer Colby firefighter, who was killed in the line of duty Sunday while trying to put out a fire at the Abby Theatre in Abbotsford.
34-year-old Jamison Kampmeyer died when the roof of the building collapsed, trapping him and two other firefighters inside. The other two escaped with injuries, while two more firefighters were hurt by falling bricks.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
In addition to being a volunteer firefighter, Kampmeyer also worked as a Marathon County sheriff’s deputy. Chief Deputy Scott Parks says the entire department is in mourning and the community has lost a good friend and excellent public servant.
Parks says they are working with the Colby Fire Department on a plan to honor his memory.
Funeral arrangements and plans for a public memorial are pending. Kampmeyer is survived by his wife and three young children.
AUDIO: Matt Lehman reports (:26)