RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - People are coming together to remember a man who dedicated his life to the betterment of the community and the nation.
David Fischer was the assistant fire chief with Sturgis Fire Department and ambulance service for 22 years. Before his time at the fire department, he was a member of the South Dakota National Guard where he served his country for 23 years.
Fischer was battling a house fire in Tilford when he was hit by a piece of a propane tank that exploded.
"David Fischer exemplifies service. He made his life's work serving others, whether through his service to our state or our nation in the National Guard or whether it was to the Black Hills community as a member of Sturgis Fire Department and Sturgis ambulance. This is the least that we can do to remember him and recognize him and to thank him for his service," said Jim Bussell, the public information officer for South Dakota Local Assistance State Team.
The visitation was held at the Sturgis Community Center Thursday and his funeral will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Sturgis Brown High School gymnasium. The public is asked to join.