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    Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack While Responding to Accident

    Firefighters honor one of their own
    Family, friends, colleagues mourn Tiegs in ceremony

    By Barbara Martin
    Central Wisconsin Sunday

    AMHERST - Jeffrey Tiegs' firefighting family lay him to rest Saturday in a ceremony filled with solemn ritual and tradition.

    There were a few laughs as the Rev. Gretchen Anderson recalled stories of Tiegs' firefighting career, but there were tears as well.

    Peace Lutheran Church overflowed with mourners who gathered to pay their last respects to the Amherst Fire Department veteran who died Monday after responding to a call to clean up after a traffic crash at Highways 10 and 161. He collapsed as he dismounted from the fire truck and later died at St. Michael's Hospital.

    Tiegs, 47, was an Amherst firefighter for 11 years and a First Responder for nearly eight years. He was a man who loved to help the community, which is why firefighting was such an important part of his life, said Tiegs' son, Kyle, who followed his father's example by joining the Amherst Fire Department.

    Tiegs' death in the line of duty was just what the firefighter would have wanted, Kyle said.
    Firefighting is a family tradition. Tiegs' wife, Diana, also is a member of the department, and his 6-year-old grandson, Bryan Carpenter, plans to become a firefighter as soon as he has grown up.

    "He already knows all the ropes and everything to be a firefighter," said Nichole Tiegs, Bryan's mother and Tiegs' daughter. Bryan led the mourners in reciting "The Fireman's Prayer" during Saturday's service.

    Firefighters representing about two dozen departments formed an honor guard as Tiegs' casket was carried into the church for the service. Dennis Metz of Green Bay, part of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Honor Guard, played bagpipes for the ceremony.

    Afterwards, the firefighters again stood at attention outside of the church as pallbearers carried the casket to Amherst Fire Department's Engine 8, which carried Tiegs on his last journey past his house, the fire station and to Greenwood Cemetery where he was buried. The graveside service included the "Final Call" bell ceremony.

    "Jeff was like a full-time volunteer," Amherst Fire Chief Victor Voss said. "He lived right next to the fire station, and in 11 years, I don't think he missed 11 calls or anything."
    This has been a difficult week for the Amherst firefighters, Voss said. They drew comfort, though, by pulling together as a firefighting family. Someone was at the fire station each day, and Tiegs' wife and children stopped by the station to draw strength from that extended family, he said.

    That family extended to firefighters who had known Tiegs for years, barely knew him or had never met him, Anderson said during her homily.
    "The fire service is a family," said Clarke Crandell, bureau chief-training officer with the Stevens Point Fire Department. Tiegs was in Crandell's class when he was starting his firefighting career. "It's a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and we all feel the pain when someone dies in the line of duty."

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    Tiegs, Jeffrey Allen

    Age: 47
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 11/24/2003
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time: 17:18
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 11/24/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Amherst Fire District
    4585 Fair Ground Rd.
    P.O. Box 38
    Amherst , Wisconsin 54406
    Chief: Victor R. Voss

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Tiegs was the driver of an engine apparatus that responded to assist at the scene of a motor vehicle crash. As he dismounted the apparatus, Firefighter Tiegs was struck with a heart attack and collapsed. Firefighters immediately began to provide assistance, including CPR and the use of an AED. An ambulance arrived and transported Firefighter Tiegs to the hospital. Firefighter Tiegs never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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