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Remembering a fallen firefighter, raising cancer awareness

By: Jim Erickson

Capt. Tommy Beauchamp [left] with firefighter/paramedic Curt Martin and engineer Bob Wilhelm from the Monarch Fire Protection District walked more than 14 miles on Oct. 19 from the westernmost district firehouse on Wild Horse Creek Road to the easternmost on Fernview Drive with stops at other Monarch firehouses and the administration building en route.

The walk was in memory of fellow Monarch firefighter/paramedic Capt. Kenny Groennert who died from cancer six years ago on the same date. According to Beauchamp, the walk was not a fundraiser but simply an action to call attention to cancer awareness and the importance of relationships we have in our lives. Except for their walking shoes, the three went the entire route in full turnout gear, frequently waving to motorists  who honked as they drove by.

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