When Patrick was in high school, he decided that he wanted to be a firefighter. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in fire science, he followed his dream by working for the Colerain Township Fire Department for six years. He also worked for the Fairfield Township Fire Department. Both of these positions were part-time, though, and Patrick really wanted to be a career firefighter. He had his eyes set on working for Hamilton Fire Department, where some of his friends had gone on to work. In April 2015, he got his full-time job at his dream department. Pat loved his time spent with his fire department brothers and sisters. He would always share funny YouTube videos he found online with his coworkers. Patrick loved cooking at the firehouse (and at home), as well as finding the best deals at the grocery store!
Patrick never missed the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation golf outing. He loved to golf, and he felt it was important to always support the families of his fallen brothers and sisters. I didn’t truly understand why it was so important to him until now.
Outside of work, Patrick was an amazing husband, son, brother, and uncle. He loved to make friends and family laugh and would often tease his niece or be found reading to his nephew. Although Patrick had many interests and hobbies, we like to joke about his love of doing laundry!
Patrick and I were together for five years before getting married in May 2015. We met through his sister, Emily, who set us up on a blind date.
After Patrick’s death, we established the Patrick Wolterman Memorial Scholarship at Roger Bacon High School. We feel he would be very proud of this, maybe as proud as we are of him. We treasure our memories with him. We remember the man he was, the life he lived, his dedication to his community, and we are always reminded of what a gift he was to us. He loved his family more than anything. He cherished his firefighter brothers and sisters.
We miss Pat terribly, but we know he would be proud of us for carrying on his legacy of helping others.