Carlton Co. Gathers to Remember Firefighter/Friend, Zachary Gamache

By KBJR News 1

Carlton Co. Gathers to Remember Firefighter/Friend, Zachary Gamache

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - There wasn't an empty seat or a dry eye in the church, on Thursday.

You didn't have to know 25–year–old Zach Gamache to understand just how big an impact he had on his friends, family, and the Carlton County community in his short life.

Firefighters from across the Northland lined the streets with fire trucks from Esko, Cloquet, Duluth, Midway, Solway, Barnum, Moose Lake, and Carlton outside Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Cloquet.

Members of the Esko Fire Department also assisted Gamache's brothers in lifting his casket onto the back of a fire truck before heading to the cemetery.

Family members say the overwhelming attendance speaks to how much Gamache meant to those whose lives he touched.

"He was always a giver, and it's just overwhelming—how many people he's touched," said Walter Treddle, Gamache's cousin and close friend.

Both Gamache and 29 year old Mitchell Lingren, who also worked for Carlton County, were killed when their vehicle was struck by an on–coming car on Highway 210 near Cromwell.

Gamache's family wanted to make sure that everyone remembered how funny, and full of life, Gamache was.

A massive portrait of a smiling Gamache on his motorcycle sat in the front of the church, which is exactly how attendees said he would have wanted to be remembered.