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Honoring a fallen hero
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.
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.”