Candles lit the city of Leaf River Sunday night time because the group got here collectively to honor certainly one of its first responders taken too quickly.
“Dropping one is large,” stated Leaf River Hearth Chief Steve Shelton. “It takes all of us to make issues occur and supply service to the group, and that one empty void, it is arduous to fill.”
Nineteen-yr-previous Gregory Wooden died in his residence Thursday, when it caught hearth round midnight.
His mother, dad and little brother have been additionally within the hearth, however managed to get out in time
“Deputy Chief Mark Wooden he is within the ICU, their youngest son Travis, he is within the ICU. Their mom Nicole, she’s an EMT with this division,” stated hearth trustee Christopher Davis.
All of them volunteered at Leaf River Hearth Division.
“You might have complete households on right here, that give their service, that do not receives a commission, they only do it for the love of group,” stated Davis.
And for this small volunteer division of simply forty one individuals, these first responders say the loss hits onerous.
“So that you can develop up with somebody and be a part of a service like this, I assume the loss is simply rather more devastating,” stated Davis.
However within the aftermath of this tragedy, the division has additionally seen unity.
“The help has been superb, the neighboring cities who’ve come to cowl our district, the group right here, I do not know learn how to categorical it simply to say it is overwhelming,” stated Shelton.
Hearth chiefs from Rockford, Shirland, Byron and different communities gathered to help the Leaf River Hearth household of their time of want.
and lift a candle for his or her fellow first responder. A younger man they are saying shall be drastically missed.
A memorial fund has been set as much as assist the household. To donate you possibly can contact the German American State Financial institution at 815-362-3210 or Leaf River Hearth Division Trustee, Daybreak Plock 815-494-9197.