My small, little hometown, and the wonderful people who live here, have been through an awful lot in the past couple weeks. We lost an amazing man, husband, father, son, friend. I could go on and on about the type of person Jamison was, and the legacy he leaves behind, but others can do that more eloquently than I can. I do want to take one more opportunity to thank some of the people who came to support us during this very difficult time.
Some of the best Marathon County has to offer!
The governor came to offer his condolences. He gave some nice comments during the funeral
There were squad cars from all over the state. Seeing them all lined up, especially along the processional route, was incredibly moving. But it wasn’t just the officers who were at the funeral who were supporting our community. Because there were so many officers present, especially from Marathon County, other departments and State Patrol officers had to cover extended areas. The amount of support from law enforcement was incredible.
The response from fire and EMS vehicles was even more incredible. I don’t have a final tally, but I heard that every county in the state of WI had sent at least one vehicle. This is just a sample:
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Aerial view of the fire and EMS vehicles in the high school parking lot.
Spirit helicopter was present to do a fly over at the burial.
I want to say a special thank you to a group of guys from Rib Mountain. These guys came over to protect our community while we laid our hero to rest. They brought their own trucks and looked at maps of our town and they were at the ready to take care of anything that would have come up.
Seeing all the support at the high school during the funeral service was incredible.
This is one of the overflow areas. The cafeteria was filled with uniformed personnel showing their support.
Of course, the support we received along the processional was nothing short of awe-inspiring.
I know that our community will never be the same after losing such a special person. But, I feel like part of a larger community because of all the people who pulled together to help out a small town and the people who call it home.
Special thanks to Courtney Smith (on the right) for providing many of these pictures.