The Fern Creek Fire Department mourns the death of Okolona Sgt. Jeff Kampschaefer. Sgt. Kampschaefer lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday December 20th. Jeff served Jefferson County as paid Sgt for Okolona, a part-time firefighter at Camp Taylor, and volunteer at Lake Dreamland.
Sgt Kampschaefer leaves behind his wife, Sarah, and two children.
Visitation will be held Tuesday December 26th from 11 am – 8 pm at Owen Funeral Home on Dixie Highway. A funeral mass will be held at St Paul Catholic Church on Wednesday at 11am.
Thanks to everyone who helped us fill our USMC reserves Toys for Tots gift box.
The gifts you donated will make a lot of children happy this Christmas!
Fern Creek’s quint, 7155, left on Saturday for Wisconsin. 55 is heading back to the Seagrave manufacturing plant to be refurbished. 7155 has been in service since 1999 and is due for some updates. While at the plant the aerial ladder will be removed. It will be disassembled, repainted, and reassembled with all new cables & pulleys. When it returns to Kentucky 55 will get some new paint and all new LED lights. This refurb will bring the apparatus up to current safety standards. The entire process will take about six months. In the mean time Fern Creek will be getting some additional mutual aid from surrounding districts to ensure our community is properly protected.
Mark Rine became a firefighter because he wanted to save people. In the end, that job could also be what kills him. Rine has cancer. This is a story about firefighters who are dying of cancer more often than in burning buildings, and of one dying man who is dedicating the time he has left to saving his fellow firefighters from the same fate.
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