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      Community gathers for firefighters funeral

      Firefighters from across Upper Michigan gathered at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood to pay their respects to one of their own. More than a hundred people showed up for the funeral of Fire Chief Jamie Peite.

      A flag soars high in the sky between two ladder trucks in honor of Jamie Peite. He served on both volunteer fire departments as the townships Fire Chief and the city's Captain.

      Peite passed away Wednesday March 5th after suffering a heart attack.

      "He always lit up a whole room. He always thinks we were making fun of him which we weren't, but he would always light up a whole room. He knew so many people for a reason," said Bob Tervonen, Firefighter Ironwood Twp.

      Many Fire Departments from Gogebic county and surrounding areas said their last goodbye's in a truck procession. Piete started his fire-fighting career 15 years ago.

      Colleagues and friends say he was a one of kind person that will be deeply missed.

      "He could not train enough. He was at everything. And, stuff you didn't have to be at it wasn't required, but he had a passion for the fire service, he really did,"said Ken Jacobson, EMS Officer Ironwood Fire Department.

      During his time as a firefighter he was able to increase membership on both departments by getting firefighters to work for both the township and city.

      He was also able to get community support for a millage to purchase a new truck for the township.

      "It's a tremendous loss. It's going to be tough to overcome. It really is. I just don't know what to tell you," Jacobson said.

      Piete recently received his instructor's certificate and was attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior to become a social worker.