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Honoring a fallen hero

The Daily Times staff
Many waited outside to pay their respects Sunday afternoon as a procession in honor of Farmington Fire Department Lt. Jacob Shadd Rohwer approached Farmington Station 2 on East Main Street.

Friends, family and members of the public gathered Sunday afternoon at the Henderson Fine Arts Center at San Juan College to bid farewell to Farmington Fire Department Lt. Jacob Shadd Rohwer.
Rohwer, 44, died Jan. 11 following a battle with job-related cancer. 
A funeral procession rolled down East Main Street past Farmington Station 2, Rohwer’s last assigned duty station, en route to his funeral service.

A funeral procession for Farmington Fire Department Lt. Jacob Shadd Rohwer, 44, traveled down Main Street on the way to his funeral service in the Henderson Fine Arts Center at San Juan College on Sunday.

Acting Fire Chief David Burke said in a prepared statement Sunday that Rohwer was passionate about safety, and led by example by living a healthy lifestyle and working to improve the department’s safety procedures.
“His actions impacted the culture of the organization and set an example for others in the Farmington Fire Department,” Burke said.
Burke noted new procedures to prevent firefighters from being exposed to contaminants on their protective clothing as just one of Rohwer’s lasting contributions.
“Shadd’s passion for life and the fire service will be sorely missed,” Burke said. “He was one of a kind, and his passing will leave a hole for all who knew him.”

The funeral procession honoring Farmington Fire Department Lt. Jacob Shadd Rohwer made its way down Main Street and passed his last assigned duty station, Farmington Station 2, on the way to his funeral service Sunday.
Lt. Jacob Shadd Rohwer