DENVER - More than 100 police, fire and EMS agencies from across Colorado participated in a line-of-duty funeral procession on Thursday to honor Grand County EMS and Denver Health Paramedic Brian Schimpf.
Schimpf, 33, died Nov. 23 from complications of an injury he received while on duty as a captain with Grand County EMS. He underwent surgery on Nov. 20 after the accident, but was placed on life support due to complications with the surgery. He never regained consciousness.
Emergency vehicles started at the Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Institute at 9 a.m.
The procession left Rita Bass at 10:15 a.m. and went to the Denver First Church of Nazarene at 3800 East Hampden Avenue in Englewood.
The Memorial Service was held at the Denver First Church of Nazarene at noon.
Schimpf was born in Pusan, South Korea, March 12, 1980 and adopted by his parents, David Schimpf of Duluth and Ann Linnea of Freeland, Washington on March 24, 1981.
He grew up in Duluth and attended Chester Park and Marshall Schools and then graduated in 1998 from South Whidbey High School in Langley, Washington. It was here that he began to pursue a life of service when he became a volunteer firefighter and EMT from ages 16 to 18.
Schimpf refereed and coached youth soccer in Duluth. He attended Oklahoma State University's fire management program and the University of Minnesota Duluth.
He received his associate's degree from Red Rocks Community College in Colorado. He achieved his paramedic certification in 2004 from St. Anthony's Hospital Paramedic School in Denver and worked most of his career at Denver Health, where he was an instructor at Denver Health Paramedic School and was named Preceptor of the Year.
His most recent employment was as captain of Emergency Medical Services for Grand County, Colo. He was an award-winning professional who leaves a legacy in his teaching skills and mentoring of young paramedics and EMTs.
Brian was a voracious reader and an avid outdoorsman. He loved camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and hiking and jeeping in the Colorado high country. He was a fine downhill skier.
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