Honoring a hometown hero

A man with an undeniable character, conviction and courage, was how fellow friend and Verona fireman described Lance Cpl. Jeremy Lasher, 27. Similar sentiments and memories were shared during his funeral service Saturday Aug. 1 at New Beginnings Methodist church in Wampsville.

"We are not here to mourn Jeremy," said Steve Wright, who served the Verona Fire Department alongside Lasher. "But to honor what he has become."

Wright said lasher's incredible character will forever be an inspiration to the fire department and the entire community, as he was a "great friend and a true hero."

"Today with Jeremy in heaven, those streets are guarded," Wright said.

As many family and friends agreed, Lasher was a quiet and soft-spoken man that never wanted to be the center of attention. But with his undoubted sense of courage and service, no one could deny him these special moments to honor his name.

Lasher's father-in-law Ben Wolcik said that he always felt at peace knowing that a man like Jeremy was taking care of his daughter Andrea, 24, and his 1-year-old grandson Caden.

"He wasn't outspoken," Wolcik said. "He spoke with his actions."

Lasher's brother Ryan, also a U.S. Marine, said that he had started writing down what he wanted to say when he was traveling to Dover, Del., to meet the that plane that would be carrying his brother's body home from Afghanistan.

He said he was thinking about bringing his brother home "to a good welcome," which in Ryan's heart he knew would be the way that Jeremy "wouldn't want it." Ryan said that he and his brother had talked about what could happen at war, he said they "even joked about it," but that he "never thought this day would come."

As the memories were shared, Reverend Skip Hellmig, who officiated the service, spoke between family members as he explained how hard it would be to put himself in the shoes of any of the Lasher family members. Hellmig talked about Jeremy's courage and duty as a Marine by which he paid the ultimate price for our country's freedom.

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