Jeremy Michael Klemm was born October 22, 1975, in Bay City, Michigan. He attended and graduated from Garber High School from 1990-1994. After high school, Jeremy moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended Wake Technology Community College for CAD design until he found his calling in a career of service as a firefighter.
Jeremy had dedicated 15 years to the department at the time of his passing on September 18, 2021. He truly loved serving the community. He was a man of compassion and empathy and would always be the one on scene comforting the victims and children. Although his career ended far too soon, he was a hero to many and will never be forgotten. Outside of the fire department, Jeremy continued with his charitable community service by donating his time to food drives, caring for disabled neighbors, and helping anyone who needed it.
Jeremy was a devoted and loving family man, leaving behind his mother, Debra White; two brothers, Jason Klemm and Nathan Moore; and his two sons, Jack Lukas and Dominic Klemm. He took great pride in spending as much time, as often as he could, with family and friends. Jeremy was everyone’s “person.” He was the shoulder everyone would lean on, and when you needed good life advice, he was the person asked because he wouldn’t be afraid to tell you his opinion.
Jeremy loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, ATV riding, and camping when he could. He was also a collector of many things—baseball cards, matchbox cars, NASCAR items, coins, wolves or firefighting pocketknives, and any other memorabilia from events he thought was important. Growing up in Michigan, he supported all the sports teams but was fond of the Detroit Redwings. We were a house divided, as he was a University of Michigan Football fan while his brother is a Michigan State University alumnus. Win or lose, he was a diehard fan who did not care what others thought of his teams and would defend them ferociously.
Jeremy’s memory and legacy to this world will be cherished by a deeply grieving family and the many friends that miss him. He lived life to the fullest and inspired many to do the same. Life will never be the same, but we take solace in knowing he is watching over us.