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Hamilton Firefighter Killed While Battling House Fire


Update Tuesday 5:40 p.m.: Details have been released for Thursday's funeral procession for Hamilton Firefighter Patrick Wolterman.

From Funeral Home to Memorial Service

8:15 a.m. - Procession leaves Hodapp Funeral Home for Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton-Glendale Rd, Hamilton, OH 45011.

Route is US 127 (Hamilton Ave) North to right on Symmes Rd to left on Route 4 to right on Millikin Rd.

Estimated time of Arrival at Princeton Pike Church of God is 9:00 a.m.

From Memorial Service to Spring Grove Cemetery

Approximately 10:30 a.m. – Procession leaves Princeton Pike Church of God and proceeds west on Millikin Rd to left (south) on Route 4 past Station 25 to Vine St (Elmwood Place) which turns into Spring Grove Ave to Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232.

Update 4:40 p.m.: Funeral arrangements are set for Hamilton Firefighter Patrick Wolterman who died Monday after responding to a house fire.

Union officials say a private funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Dec. 30.

A public memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 31 at Princeton Pike Church of God.

After the service there will be a procession to Spring Grove Cemetery followed by a private graveside service attended only by family and Hamilton firefighters.

Original post: Hamilton Fire officials are in mourning and looking for answers after a firefighter died Monday while battling a house fire.  

The department said Patrick Wolterman died of his injuries after falling through a floor and into the basement.  

Hamilton Fire Chief Steve Dawson said Wolterman was rescued and transported to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he later died.

“Both the cause of the fire and the cause and details of the catastrophic event that resulted in Firefighter Wolterman’s death are under investigation,” Dawson said.

Hamilton Firefighters Union President Brian Ruhl was emotional as he read a statement.

“Patrick was my brother,” Ruhl said.  “He was recently married.  Prior to coming to us here at Local 20, Patrick had served several years in the fire service and had a great amount of experience.”

Wolterman joined the department in April and previously worked for Colerain Township.  

The fire department is working with Wolterman’s family to finalize funeral arrangements.  Ruhl said an honor guard will remain with the fallen firefighter until burial.

This is the Hamilton Fire Department's first line of duty death since 1971.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.