Today the city of Colby remembered a fallen hero as they unveiled the new Jamison Kampmeyer Memorial. Friends, family and co-workers of Kampmeyer all came out to honor him and his legacy.
Just two years ago, Kampmeyer died fighting a structure fire at the historic Abby Theater in Abbotsford. The memorial was made to honor the 34-year-old father of three for his heroism.
"It kind of gives me great joy to know how he touched people's lives everywhere, between being a police officer and being a firefighter," said Suzanne Kampmeyer, Jamison's older sister.
Kampmeyer's family describes him as a wonderfully fun person who will be greatly missed.
Ross Ramnow, the Colby fire chief, said, "He became a firefighter to help people. He became an EMT to help people. He became a police officer to help people. He just generally was a person who wanted to help the public."
Chief Ramnow said planning for Kampmeyer's memorial started just three weeks after his death. Jacob Miller, a young boy scout, is the brains behind the whole operation. Miller said it took him six months to plan the idea, and almost a year to fundraise for the project.
"Through boy scouts we do eagle scout projects," said Miller, "I wanted to go up and beyond, and this was a great opportunity to be able to do that."
The unveiling was even more special because today Kampmeyer would have turned 37. It was originally scheduled for March 4, the anniversary of his death, but the family thought waiting for his birthday in May would be a much warmer day to celebrate.