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Waterloo firefighter remembered after hit, killed by SUV

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Authorities say a Waterloo firefighter died after being hit by an SUV yesterday. Tonight, many in the Cedar Valley are mourning his death.

27-year-old Greg Freshwater was out running and tried crossing the street at Ansborough and Shaulis when he was hit. Police say it appears Freshwater did not see the SUV. They say he went into the intersection in front of the vehicle.

Friend's of Freshwater are remembering him today, with one friend saying, "being a good firefighter was everything to him." 

Greg met Cody Schmidt at Hawkeye Community College studying fire science together.

He says, "We applied and tested for Marshalltown Fire Department and we drove up here. Then, we both made the list together and got hired together."

Greg and Cody worked together as firefighters in Marshalltown for some time.

Cody says, "Fire service was Greg's life. He grew up around it... put his heart and soul into it. He lived and breathed it."

This morning, Marshalltown firefighters posted on Facebook, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the members of Greg Freshwater's friends and family as well as all members of Waterloo Fire Rescue. RIP Greg a young man gone far far beyond his time."

Cody then followed in his father and uncle's footsteps by working for the Waterloo Fire Department.

Chief Pat Treloar says, "His father, Jeff Freshwater, worked about 28 years for the department and Greg's uncle just retired from the department as Battalion Chief."

He says Greg was someone who truly wanted to help others.

"Greg started here about 10 months ago and had an immediate impact on the department, not only with his attitude but desire to improve himself.

He was currently enrolled in classes this fall at Hawkeye Community College for emergency medical services/paramedic school. Freshwater also graduated last year with a degree in fire science. 

A young man with so much potential who will be missed by many. 

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