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June 2, 2020

5/22/2020 1:23:00 PM
Honoring A Fallen Local Hero
Carley Rider
writer/photographer

On Friday, May 15, emergency responders from throughout southwest Wisconsin made the trip to Cobb to honor a fellow emergency responder who had lost his battle with cancer. Municipalities from near and far showed their solidarity for their fellow emergency responders of Cobb, mourning the loss of one of their own. Charles "Sarge" Nye was honored with a convoy of emergency vehicles ranging from police squads, fire trucks, ambulances, and tow trucks parading through the community he served for over 25 years..
In small communities such as found throughout Iowa County, emergency responders serve numerous roles to protect and serve their neighbors, friends, and family. Some volunteers do a lot, some help when they can, with every contribution holding great importance. Chuck Nye was one of those that did a lot-- most would say a whole lot more than a lot. Chuck dedicated countless hours to serving his community and even his nation, never asking for anything in return.
When I had first learned that a parade was being planned for Chuck, who was sent to the comfort of his home for the remainder of his time on earth, I knew that there would be a large crowd there to honor him and show their appreciation for all he has done over the years. Chuck was well known in the area for all the key roles he had played in bettering firefighter and first responder programs in our area, so I knew there would be a large number of people there to honor him and thank him. Sadly, Chuck lost his battle with cancer before the parade was able to happen.
One thing that has always held true, even through these tough times, is small communities show up for one another. Whether it is mourning the loss of a fellow emergency responder, celebrating accomplishments, or answering a mutual aid call, our communities have always stood together, even if it has to be done six feet apart.
Although I did not know Chuck very well, I knew he served many important roles in our community. I knew there would be many people there to honor him, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened at the parade. As I arrived in Cobb, I was covered head-to-toe in goosebumps at the sight of what seemed to be an endless supply of emergency vehicles. Emergency responders talked amongst themselves while community members lined up in front of Chuck's home to watch the parade and honor Chuck as well. It is hard to put into words every emotion I was filled with as I watched people exchange memories they had of Chuck, mourn his passing, but above all else, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. I felt pride in knowing that our communities were lucky enough to have such a dedicated community member, seeing the support from hundreds of people, and most importantly, the solidarity of small communities. Some departments had one vehicle while some with an entire fleet of trucks.
A massive American flag was hung by Fennimore and Dodgeville's ladder fire trucks. The flag was placed on the street in front of Chuck Nye's house. Hazel Green Police, Livingston Fire, Boscobel Fire, Fontana Fire & Rescue, Ridgeway Fire, Fennimore Fire, Iowa County Sheriff, Arena Fire, Township of Highland, Lancaster Fire, Prarie Du Chien Fire, Bridgeport Fire, Avoca Fire, Spring Green Fire, Platteville Fire, Montfort Fire, Cuba City Fire, Barneveld Fire, Larry's Service & Towing, Montfort EMS, Hazel Green Fire, Mineral Point EMS, Mineral Point Police, Wauzeka Fire, Linden Fire, Dodgeville Fire, Darlington Fire, Ridgeway Marshall, Hollandale Fire, Township of Linden, Dodgeville Police, Rewey Fire, Southwest Health EMS, Argyle Adams Fire, Belmont Fire, Belmont EMS, Dodgeville EMS, Iowa County Tech Rescue, Highland EMS, Highland Fire, Dickeyville Fire, and others each honored Sarge in the parade.





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