Nebraska Firefighter Killed in Roof Collapse

The Gage County jail administrator was killed early Monday morning while trying to rescue a mother and two children from a house fire in Wymore.

Jeremy Wach, 31, of Wymore, was killed shortly before 1 a.m. Monday morning while fighting a house fire at 720 I St. in Wymore, Gage County Attorney Randall Ritnour said.

Along with being in charge of the Gage County Detention Center, Wach also served as a deputy with the Gage County Sheriff's Office and a volunteer with the Wymore Fire Department.

Ritnour said Wach was killed when a roof collapsed on him while attempting to rescue a mother and two children in the blaze, which started at about 12:50 a.m. Monday. Two Blue Springs firefighters received superficial injuries when the roof collapsed but did not require medical attention.

The mother and the two children were rescued unharmed from the house and are reportedly staying at a neighbor's house. Their identities were not available at press time.

Firefighters from the Wymore, Blue Springs, Beatrice and Odell fire departments responded to the fire, which was still being fought early Monday morning.

Representatives from the state fire marshal's office were expected to arrive at the scene Monday to determine the cause of the fire.

Ritnour said U.S. Highway 77 leading into Wymore will likely remain closed throughout the day as the investigation continues.

Funeral Information

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Laughlin-Hoevet Funeral Home, Wymore. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m.

Funeral services for Firefighter Wach are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Beatrice. Firefighters and police should report to the church by 11 a.m. for staging. Take HWY 77 to Lincoln St., Lincoln St. east to 27th St.


Memorials can be made at any US Bank location: Jeremy Wach Memorial Fund Or mail to:


200 North 6th St

Beatrice, NE 68310

Republished with permission of The Beatrice Daily Sun.