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The gear of Steven Werner  will continue to hang in the Centralia-Peosta fire station, after he died in a crash while on duty as an EMT.

"Right here's his gear, yep, we'll leave it here for him," said Meghan Gotto, department emergency medical technician and secretary.

Werner, of Dubuque, died in a collision on the Julien Dubuque Bridge.  He was an employee for Paramount Ambulance, and he was returning back from Chicago, after transporting a patient there on Friday morning.

The close-knit fire department is trying to come to terms with his death. "Numb. I was numb, and I was shocked," Gotto said.

According to his obituary, he leaves behind a wife, who was his high school sweetheart, and their four children. "I know he's got some young kids, and we actually bonded over that. When he came for the tour, I had my kids with me, and we kind of joked about that. My heart just went out to his wife and his kids because I cannot imagine the pain that they're going through."

Although he was new to the department, he left a lasting impression.  "He seemed to be a very nice guy. He was always willing to help out, and we were really anxious to get to know him," Gotto added.

Numerous emergency medical personnel in the area are sending their condolences. Waterloo Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook, "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Steve Werner. Your brothers and sisters of Waterloo Fire and Rescue stand with you in this time of tragedy and mourning."

Memorial services will be held Tuesday in Dubuque. Werner, an Army veteran, will receive Military Honors. For more information, visit:

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