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Show of support at firefighter's funeral in Eleva


Eleva (WQOW) - Firefighters and theirtrucks from many communities came to Eleva Wednesday. There was no fire tofight. Instead, they were there to say good-bye to a fellow firefighter.

"We all wear ourown colors, and we all have our own names. But when it comes time to cometogether, work together, help each other out, we're all one."

On a street filled with firetrucks it was one in particular that stood out Wednesday. The bright yellow ElevaFire Department truck with a special sticker for Brandon Semingson of Eleva.

"He's only beenwith us a couple of years on the department. But he's been with us since he wasold enough to come down to the station with his dad. He's been a part of it, apart of the family."

Brandon passed away last Fridayafter he lost control of his snowmobile and hit a tree in the town of Wheaton. A jacket andboots were placed on the front of one of Eleva's fire trucks outside theservice.

"You didn't have totell Brandon todo anything. If somebody talked about something wrong with a truck, Brandon was here the nextday working on it. After our meetings, we'd have a list of stuff that needs toget done. Brandondid it. He did it on his own because he wanted to, and that was the type ofperson he was."

One by one the vehiclesleft for the procession. And at the end, Brandon'sown personal truck joined them.

"Brandon's going to leave a big hole in thiscommunity. You're not going to replace a kid like him. He's someone thateverybody in this community can be proud of, hold their heads up high, andremember the good times."

The Chippewa County Sheriff'sdepartment says speed and not being familiar with the trail appear to befactors in the crash.  According to hisobituary, Brandonwill live on with the gift of organ donation.


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