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The Eau Claire Fire Department will hold a service for Denise Waterman at the Plaza Hotel on May 6.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It is a difficult day for the Eau Claire Fire Department, as it has lost one of its own. The department is mourning the loss of friend and colleague, Denise Waterman.

Waterman was an engineer and paramedic for the department for 16 years.

Waterman lost a battle with colon cancer this week. It's a battle the Eau Claire Fire Department says she fought courageously.

Deputy Chief Allyn Bertrang, who was Waterman’s partner at Station 5, says she was compassionate with parents and made a difference in people’s lives in her work as a paramedic. He adds she will be missed.

“We're just like family, so when a fellow firefighter dies, it is like losing a family member. So, Denise meant a great deal to everybody here at the Eau Claire fire department and she's going to be missed greatly,” Bertrang said.

Bertrang also says Waterman was a good people-person and enjoyed the people she worked with. He says Waterman’s greatest characteristics were her love for family and friends, as well as how much she cared for others.

The department will hold a service for Waterman at the Plaza Hotel on May 6.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An active member of the Eau Claire Fire Department has died at an Eau Claire hospital.

Denise Waterman was 48. She died of cancer Wednesday after what the department describes as "a short and courageous battle." Waterman was an Engineer/Paramedic and a 16-year veteran of the department.

The department says Waterman will be greatly missed. It plans to hold a memorial service at the Plaza Hotel on West Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire on Tuesday May 6.

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