Firefighters stand watch at Sturgis funeral home

TILFORD, S.D. (AP) – Firefighters stand watch around the clock at a funeral home in Sturgis where the body of a fallen comrade has been taken.

Forty-three-year-old David Fischer died while fighting a house fire in Tilford last Friday. The homeowner, 82-year-old Raymond Bachmeier, also died.

Firefighters will stay with Fischer’s body at Kinkade Funeral Chapel until his funeral service on Saturday at Sturgis Brown High School.

Fischer served as an assistant fire chief of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and was a 22-year veteran of the department. He was also a member of the Rapid City-based 82nd Civil Support team with the South Dakota National Guard.

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