More grief in Grand Rapids area for two killed in crash |

More grief in Grand Rapids area for two killed in crash

Grief in Grand Rapids over death of EMT, teenager. Grief in Grand Rapids over death of EMT, teenager. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: June 09, 2021 06:22 PM
Created: June 09, 2021 12:35 PM

More grief in the Grand Rapids area, with the deaths of a paramedic and a teenager.

According to community members, 51-year-old Troy Boettcher was part of the Meds-1 team in Grand Rapids. The ambulance he was in collided with a dump truck on Tuesday morning. He died at the scene.

On Wednesday morning, a long procession of EMS, fire, and law enforcement helped escort his body out of town, to the medical examiner's office. Then, in the afternoon, the procession brought him back.

The state patrol identified the other person in the ambulance who died as Joey Latimer.

Latimer, who was only 17, was a student in the Grand Rapids schools. Superintendent Matt Grose released this statement: 

"We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Joey Latimer. Our hearts go out to Joey's family and all of the community members touched by his passing. Joey impacted the lives of many of our Grand Rapids students and staff members throughout his entire time at ISD 318. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

We also want to recognize that during this time, children may be feeling confusion and have questions about death. Listening to your child at this time is of utmost importance. Help them to express their concerns and feelings. Resources in our community are available by contacting First Call for Help at 211.

We, along with our entire community, want to share our heartfelt condolences with the Latimer family and everyone touched by Joey's unexpected passing." 

The crash took place at the same intersection where Conservation Officer Sarah Grell died two weeks earlier.

Two others had life threatening injuries. They are the driver of the ambulance, Kim Hake, of Cohasset, and the driver of the dump truck, Jeff Ekholm, of Nashwauk.

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