SIDNEY — Firefighters are honoring one of their own.
Keith Kropp, a member of the Sidney Fire department died. Many people say his loss will be felt by everyone who knew him.
“When you’re responding it’s probably somebody’s worst day or a very bad day for them so you’re kind of like an angel coming to help them out.”
To hundreds Keith Kropp was an angel. And the word no never left his mouth.
“He supported everybody. He literally traveled all over the place, if you go in the shop he had pins for all the places he visited, all the lives he touched
He worked as a lieutenant on the Sidney Fire Department. And his caring heart didn’t stop there.
“I can’t even tell you how many projects, and fundraisers and benefits he worked with.”
Kropp spent his life living in Sidney. Dale Grimm was one of the many that knew him best.
“Keith was one of a kind he didn’t know a stranger.”
Their latest project together was breast cancer t-shirts for first responders. But Grimm says there weren’t many projects Kropp couldn’t finish.
“That was his tag line, done.”
He also ran Redneck Apparel Company. A printing business downtown. Jada Burr says working for him is something she’ll cherish.
“Everything he said was funny, he made people laugh he was so caring and everything about him was awesome.”
Most people knew him as “Keeter” And sometimes his good deeds went unnoticed.
“For the village he has done so much that people don’t realize he’s always here to help anytime we need something done he’s volunteered.’
But his heart of gold was something that didn’t. And for that he will be forever missed.
“He meant the world to all of us, and we all meant the world to him too.”
Kropp died of a heart attack, he was 48.
The town of Sidney will spend the new year remembering Kropp. They’re having a candlelight vigil downtown Sidney.
It starts at 11:30 pm on new years eve. Anyone is welcome to come down and share memories.