It was one year ago when Ty Fullmer and Adriana Zapata-Munoz lost their lives in a fatal wreck on Highway 27.
On Tuesday morning several first responders gathered together to accept donations from Fullmer Cattle Company. Fullmer Cattle donated $10,000 in memory of Ty Fullmer to the First Responders in Syracuse and Hamilton County in appreciation of their service, and sacrifice to shield and support our citizens.
Hamilton County EMS, Fire, and Sheriff’s Departments as well as Syracuse City Fire Department all received $2,500.
Representing Fullmer Cattle Company was Laila Kammerman, Human Resources, Dave Kammerman, Housing Manager, Shara Wilson, Inventory manger, and Kolton Kreitel, Livestock Manager.
They shook the hands of EMS Director Alan Hanson, Sheriff Mike Wilson, Fire chiefs Ed Baker and David Stimatze.
County Commissioner John Simon thanked them for their generosity and appreciation for the local first responders.
Ty’s cousin Laila expressed her sentiments in a touching tribute.
“A year has passed since our beloved Ty Fullmer left this life, but his example continues to give light to our path as we make personal and business decisions. Ty Fullmer is remembered to have been quick to observe and then serve. He was the first to smile and help lighten a situation, to help others feel welcomed, appreciated and comfortable in their new beginnings. He was generous with his time and money and in his assumption that people were just trying to do their best. He was first to give the benefit of the doubt and look at situations from the lens of compassion and solutions. He was in heart and mind a first responder, which gives us pause to reflect... “How am I in my first response in the face of difficult pressure situations?”
To make the best decisions in high pressure situations, First responders must have self-discipline to rise above a fray and logically observe events, taking action that will improve outcomes. This in and of itself is an act of deep bravery and selflessness. It is a trait that does not generally come naturally but is cultivated through courageous action filled with integrity and compassion. The mindset of the first responder is “How can I serve, help to heal, relieve pain, and bless all those involved in a situation”. The heart of the first responder is compassionate, comforting, empathetic, courageous, and resilient.
There are a lot of first reactors in the world because that’s easy to do but not generally helpful and not healing. There is a great need for an increase of first responders—people willing to sacrifice anger & ego, rumor and gossiping, division and factions, bitterness and victimhood. The world changes for better with each decision to live the Golden Rule-- “Treat others as you would have others treat you.”
How wonderful to know we can be a positive influence in another’s life because we each choose to develop and live the virtues of a first responder.”
Pictured from L to R - Hamilton County EMS Director Alan Hanson, Dave Kammerman, Sheriff Mike Wilson, Laila Kammerman, Hamilton County Fire Chief Ed Baker, Shara Wilson, Kolton Kreitel, City of Syracuse Fire Chief David Stimatze/photo by Michele Boy
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