Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial October Update

The Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Inc., Board of Directors, invites you, the family and members of the Wisconsin fire service, to join us in Wisconsin Rapids on October 11, 2014 for the annual final alarm ceremony and roll call of our fallen brothers and sisters at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park. We will be reading the names of all the 279 individuals whose names are engraved on the memorial wall followed by the tolling of the Memorial Bell for each.

This year we are honoring the memory of members of the fire service who have died in the line-of-duty since our 2013 ceremony and we will be making a presentation to their families. The members of the Wisconsin Fire Service who have made the ultimate sacrifice in 2014 are as follows:

Engineer Denise A. Waterman, Eau Claire Fire Department, 04/30/2014
Div. Chief Richard A. Heft, Fitchburg Fire Department, 08/09/2014

Following the afternoon ceremony, observe the final alarm procession solemnly winding through the streets of Wisconsin Rapids.

We respectfully request that you share this announcement with your family members, friends, and other supporters of the Fire Service.

Schedule of events:

3:33 p.m.:  Final Alarm & Roll Call Ceremony
5:30-6:30 p.m.:  Dinner break
6:30-7:00 p.m.:  Vehicles line-up at the park prior to the start of the procession
7:00 p.m.:  Final Alarm Procession

If you need additional information, please contact Steve Quam by phone at (414) 771-6794, via email at ffmemorial@wsfm.org or send a note to WSFM at P.O. Box 248 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0248. Updates will also be posted on the Memorial web site located at www.WSFM.org and on our facebook page.

WSFM Memorial Mums

The Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Inc. initiated a new fundraising activity last year on a small scale.  As the activity was a great success, we decided to expand the campaign statewide, and we are requesting your Department’s assistance with this endeavor. 

During the month of October the WSFM, Inc. will be conducting a state-wide fund raising campaign to support the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park by soliciting donations in exchange for which each donor receives a “WSFM Memorial Mum.”  We are leaving it up to each participating department to choose the day they wish to hold their individual campaign.  This “Memorial Mum” fundraising campaign is similar to that of the “buddy poppy sales events” conducted by various military veterans’ organizations.  The “Memorial Mums” distributed by supporters of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial will have purple petals with a white stem, symbolic of the colors of the WSFM flag.  The small tag attached to the stem of each Memorial Mum will say: “I support the WISCONSIN STATE FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL”.

The WSFM, Inc. will provide appropriate signage along with an appropriate quantity of Memorial Mums to each department participating. We ask only that each seller have in their possession a fire boot for the deposit of donations. For any donation amount, the individual will receive one Memorial Mum. Each 10 to 12 hour day of this campaign could be covered by two person teams working anywhere from 2 to 4 hour shifts at a given location and then replaced with a fresh team. This would be a safe arrangement and would allow for good coverage of a community if multiple teams were deployed. Create a fun sense of competition between collection teams or even neighboring departments by challenging each other to see who can collect the most in donations.  

The suggested locations for the funds solicitations and distribution of these Memorial Mums would be areas with high consumer traffic such as local super markets, drug stores, or businesses such as WalMart, Walgreens, Shopko, etc.  You can decide where there would be good fund raising potential as you know your communities.  Conducting collections at street intersections may be an option if local ordinances allow for it, and it can be done safely. We encourage you to get the approval and support from the business management and local police prior to beginning any solicitation activities.

We encourage those individuals tasked with the fund raising and distribution of the Memorial Mums to wear clothing that would identify them as members or supporters of the fire service and the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial. Wearing turn-out gear, along with the presence of fire department apparatus may aid in the solicitation efforts.  

Please join us in this statewide unified firefighter effort to honor our fallen and promote the continued operation of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park. 

For additional information and to request a supply of Memorial Mums please contact Tom Anderson at tanderson@wsfm.org or by telephone at (715) 421-0863.


Thank you from the members of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Board of Directors  


Jamison Kampmeyer Memorial Fund Information

Jamison Kampmeyer (1977 - 2012)

A memorial fund has also been established in honor of Kampmeyer. He died when the roof of the Abby Theatre collapsed while firefighters were fighting a fire at the building. All donations can be directed to Integrity First Bank, Attention Terri Knoeck, 101 Grand Avenue, Wausau, WI. You can contact the bank at 715-847-4806.

The memorial fund will be established in Jamison's memory for an educational fund for the children.

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