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Community mourns fallen Hamilton firefighter

Patrick Wolterman, provided by the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters Patrick Wolterman, provided by the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters

As of Monday night, things had quieted down on Pater Avenue. There was still caution tape surrounding the home where the fire occurred Monday morning that took the life of a Hamitlon firefighter.

A city of Hamilton police officer also kept watch over the home late into Monday night.

As the community and the Tri-State continue to mourn Patrick Wolterman's death, they also want to remember his life.

Whether you knew him or knew of him, 29-year-old Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman was a man who meant a lot to many.

"He was just a genuinely good guy,” said childhood friend Claire Warden. ”He was a friend of everybody and people don't just become a first responder if they don't have the heart for it. I even made a post saying he's one of the few people in the world who decides that running into the fire is something that he's willing to do when everyone else is running out."

Claire Warden learned that Wolterman, her childhood friend, died while fighting a house fire in Hamilton early Monday morning, just hours after the incident itself. "You never realized the footprint that someone leaves on your life until they're not there anymore."

“Regardless of whether they knew him or how long he had been on the job, he is a firefighter through and through," said President of Firefighters Union 48, Matt Alter.

Wolterman was recently married and had obtained his position as a full-time firefighter with the city of Hamilton within the past year. The news of his death came as a shock to the community, the Tri-State and certainly, to the first responder family.

"We are here right now as we continue to grieve with Hamilton firefighters and the family of Wolterman as they get through this tough time, we are working through it and that's how we are going to get through it," Alter said.

A firefighter, a friend, a husband --- all of these titles describe one man whose life was taken far too soon. He wasn't even 30. People like that.... he was just too young," said Warden.

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