Family and friends got here out Friday to recollect and honor a younger man who died after a tragic fall.
Declin Ermer, a former athlete at Wheaton Warrenville South Excessive Faculty, was remembered for his character and life-saving presents.
Ermer died earlier this month after falling from a deck to a sidewalk under whereas in faculty on the College of Montana.
“It may occur to anyone, however you at all times suppose it may be any individual else,” stated Eric Ermer, his father.
His demise hit household and buddies arduous. Many contacted their household to share tales.
“There are folks everywhere in the nation who’ve advised us tales about their kindness that we did not learn about,” stated his mom, Laura Townsend.
Ermer was a star athlete at Wheaton Warrenville South Excessive Faculty, the place she performed volleyball, soccer and basketball.
“He had so many individuals he touched in all three sports activities,” Wheaton Warrenville South athletic director Mike Healy stated. “He was a kind of nice youngsters.”
Pals stated he was additionally an incredible teammate. One among his most memorable basketball video games was towards rival Wheaton North, the place he held his personal defensively and took over 3 times, doing the soiled work to assist his crew win. That selfless high quality will likely be a part of his legacy. Ermer and his household selected to donate his organs.
“In the long run, with tissues and all the things, there have been seven folks whose lives have been saved or benefited,” his father stated.
“He will likely be there for eternity. He’s my angel. He’ll reside on,” his mom stated.
Many individuals who knew Ermer from Wheaton Warrenville South will likely be at his memorial service Sunday afternoon. In truth, greater than 500 individuals are anticipated.
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