It's the devastating news no one in this small community was ready to hear. Franklin County Fire Chief Chet Bauermeister, a 28 year volunteer with the department was killed fighting flames near Othello late Wednesday night.
Bauermesiter had been a firefighter ever since he was a teen. It didn't take long for people in this small town to learn his name. Joan German of Joan's Cafe says, " They'll never fill his shoes, another will never fill his shoes."
Today, fire crews from neighboring towns met at district number four where Bauermeister had been chief since 2003. Their focus right now is helping staff the firehouse while also coping with the loss of their friend.