Family and friends members got here out on Friday to recollect and honor a younger man who died after a tragic fall.
Declin Ermer, a former highschool athlete at Wheaton Warrenville South Excessive College, was remembered for his life saving character and abilities.
Ermer died earlier this month after falling off a bridge onto a sidewalk under whereas in school on the College of Montana.
“It might occur to anybody, however you all the time assume it is going to be another person,” stated Eric Ermer, his father.
His loss of life hit his household and pals arduous. Many have reached out to his household to share tales.
“There are individuals all around the nation who’ve informed us tales about his kindness that we did not learn about,” stated his mom, Laura Townsend.
Ermer was a star athlete at Wheaton Warrenville South Excessive College the place he performed volleyball, soccer and basketball.
“He had so many individuals that he touched in all three sports activities,” stated Mike Healy, Wheaton Warrenville South athletic director. “He was a kind of cool guys.”
Mates stated he was additionally an ideal teammate. One in every of his most memorable basketball video games was towards rival Wheaton North, the place he stood his floor defensively and took cost thrice, doing the soiled work to assist his group win. That selfless high quality can be a part of his legacy. Ermer and his household selected to donate his organs.
“Ultimately, with handkerchiefs and all, there have been seven individuals whose lives had been saved or benefited,” his father stated.
“He can be there for eternity. He’s my angel. He’ll stay on,” his mom stated.
Many individuals who knew Ermer from Wheaton Warrenville South can be at his funeral Sunday afternoon. The truth is, greater than 500 persons are anticipated.
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