Mayer mourns loss of firefighter

MAYER, MN – Captain Jeffrey Vollmer, 40, was a “very outgoing person who loved his fire department,” according to Mayer Fire Chief Rod Maetzold.

Maetzold and the rest of the Mayer Fire Department are mourning the loss of Vollmer, who passed away early Tuesday morning.

Vollmer had been on the Mayer Fire Department for 12 years.

“He was outstanding as far as going out and doing fire department activities,” Maetzold said.

The evening before he passed away, Vollmer had been participating in fire department emergency medical rescue (EMR) training. Firefighters practiced physical exercises such as lifting and transporting people, and going up and down stairs.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office was called to Vollmer’s house at about 4 a.m. on a report that he was unresponsive. When the sheriff’s office arrived, the Mayer Fire Department and Ridgeview Ambulance were attempting life-saving efforts, according to Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud. He noted that life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, as Vollmer was deceased.

The official cause of Vollmer’s death has not yet been determined, and is under investigation by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Vollmer grew up in Ortonville, and his father was a member of the Ortonville Fire Department. Vollmer and his wife, Emily, were married in 2006, and have two daughters – Anika and Kennedi.

To help Vollmer’s family, donations can be sent to: HomeTown Bank, 641 Marketplace Drive, Waconia, MN 55387, with checks made out to “Vollmer Family Benefit Fund.”

See Vollmer’s obituary on page 19A of the Friday, Dec. 22 edition of the Herald Journal for funeral service and visitation information.

Jeff Vollmer

Jeff Vollmer

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