Many fire departments in our area are doing something fire fighters say is not commonly found in a lot of places, working together. Last weekend, a fire leveled a sawmill in Greenwood and the fight required extra crews from all over the western part of the area. That same weekend, another nearby department had an unfortunate situation also requiring aid.
"Owen-Withee(-Curtiss) unfortunately had a fire fighter that passed away," said an emotional Greenwood Assistant Fire Chief, Pat Susa. "They were busy with that. We didn't call for any units or ask for any assistance from them."
Eric Hamm, 35, passed away on March 11th from a brain tumor he has been battling with for about six years. His funeral was the weekend of the Greenwood fire. Crews from Thorp, Dorchester, Abbotsford, and Colby took over the Wwen-Withee -Curtiss department so the department could honor Hamm.
"Eric Hamm always showed up for the calls. Whenever the call came in, he was here. Even when he wasn't feeling well, he was here on a lot of the calls. He came out to drive ambulance. He came out to drive fire trucks and even fight fire while he's been battling cancer," said Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire Chief, Mark Renderman.
He said being on a fire team is like having a second family, so when a team is in need, they make sure they're there to help.
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