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Kelly J. Rager

November 2, 1981 ~ July 20, 2007 (age 25)
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Message from Jennifer Coleman/Bidlack
August 26, 2007 10:43 PM

I AM HEARTBROKEN TO HEAR OF THIS tragedy FOR I REMEMBER GROWING UP WITH KELLY , SHE WAS GOOD FRIENDS AND GREW UP WITH MY SISTER TANYA. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HER FAMILY. I WILL NEVER FORGET KELLY OR HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE, HOW SHE SEEMED TO ALWAYS BE SO HAPPY! OH HOW MUCH SHE WILL BE MISSED. I AM SO VERY VERY SORRY! GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY HER SPIRIT FOREVER LIVE IN YOUR HEARTS AND IN THE EYES OF HER SWEET CHILDREN. AGAIN MY PRAYERS GO OUT.
Message from Matt Bondy
August 1, 2007 10:54 AM

It is sad to lose young people.Her loss will be felt for ever.
Message from Keith Scully
August 1, 2007 8:40 AM

I would like to share my condolences with your family.
Message from John Boggs NREMT-P
July 31, 2007 9:15 PM

My condolences to the family...
Message from Julie (Smith) Hockenberry
July 29, 2007 7:29 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sis and Ed, you both especially are in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from DMAC-EMS Division, FT. Hood Texas
July 28, 2007 8:25 PM

Our sympathies to your family as well as those of the rest of the crew.
Message from Jay Ronau
July 28, 2007 7:59 PM

I run for Delaware Twp. Fire & EMS, Defiance, OH. We were called out to the accident. My sincere condoloces & those of our Dept. go out to the family. We (Delaware Twp. Fire & EMS) are here for you, the family, the EMS Dept & those that need help or support any time.
Message from Creiglow Family
July 28, 2007 9:44 AM

We're paraying for everyone. Aubree, Kaitlyn, & Ben your in our prayers. We're here for you to. GOD BLESS SQUAD 41
Message from Creiglow Family
July 28, 2007 9:41 AM

Message from Denise (Baker) Getzel
July 28, 2007 9:35 AM

To the family of Kelly, my prayers are with you for continued comfort and healing. Her death was not in vain. If nothing else, it created a connection of extended family that you could not have known otherwise. Family that will help you through this crisis. While I did not know Kelly this tragedy cut very close to my heart. God bless her for her service to this community.
Message from Jen Dixon
July 27, 2007 8:14 PM

Sending you love and prayers for strength to help you through this sorrowful time...
Message from Meg LaMantia Ohio State Board of Cosmetology
July 27, 2007 4:19 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Kelly was a wonderful person with a beautiful personality. I had gotten to know her in my visits the the salon. My prayers are with you Joan, the girls at Shear Headlines and the entire family. God Bless You
Message from Meg LaMantia
July 27, 2007 4:10 PM

Message from Chief Tim Bender
July 27, 2007 3:50 PM

On behalf of my entire department, please accept our deepest sympathy. Your service to your community is beyond value and cannot be replaced. Our flags are flying at half-staff in your honor.
Message from Karen (Zielke) Woodson
July 27, 2007 12:40 PM

Kelly and I were friends during our years of school together. In junior high and our first two years of high school, Kelly and I had lockers next to each other. Kelly could always make me laugh and bring a smile to my face, even on bad days. I have many fond memories of Kelly and our times together in school. She was a very special person with such a sweet and cheerful personality. She has touched my life forever. Ben, Aubree, Kaitlyn and all of Kelly's family, may God bless and comfort you in this difficult time. May you find peace in knowing that Kelly has truly touched the lives of all those she met and is now home with the Lord.
Message from Ben & Stacy Thomas
July 27, 2007 12:37 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Message from Tera DeWaters & Matt Elliott
July 27, 2007 10:36 AM

Our thoughts are with all of you. Kelly passed doing a great and honorable service to her community. We are friends of Clint Rager's, but I knew Kelly from before I moved out of the area. She was the sweetest, always smiling, girl. It does not surprise me that she would give so much of herself for others. Tera
Message from Sarah (Parrish) Finnegan
July 27, 2007 9:10 AM

Your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from The Smith Family
July 27, 2007 9:01 AM

God Bless Squad 41
Message from Poneto Vol. Fire Dept.
July 27, 2007 8:07 AM

We send our deepest sympathy to your family. Kelly is a Hero and will be missed but never forgotten.
Message from Poneto Vol. Fire Dept.
July 27, 2007 8:05 AM

Message from Robin & Randy Lane
July 27, 2007 7:42 AM

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for ALL that you have sacrificed to serve your community.

We are sad to lose a fellow Emergency worker. You will be missed but never forgotten.
Message from Gale Jordan Capt. A.F.D.
July 27, 2007 2:36 AM

Kelly was a Good up comig EMT. I had the pleasure to work with her on her last run .I'm sorry that she had to be taken so early in life.She will be sorely Missed!
Gale.
Message from Jerry Butler
July 26, 2007 9:28 PM

To the family of Kelly Rager,

My sincerest condolences on your recent loss. You can be very proud of Kelly as she carried out her duties with professionalism.

Godspeed Kelly & Thank you!

Jerry Butler
Message from Pudge & Linda Kennedy
July 26, 2007 6:57 PM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We have many fond memories of Kelly and will treasure them always.
Message from Angel Stevens & Family
July 26, 2007 5:03 PM

Words cannot express our deepest sympathies. Thoughts and prayers are with you Joan & Brandy, Ben, Aubree, and Katelyn.
Message from Mr. and Mrs. Donn English
July 26, 2007 3:26 PM

Thinking of you and your family.
Your neighbors,
Donn, Tawnya,
Dan, Seth, and katie English

God Bless.
Message from Mary Garman
July 26, 2007 3:12 PM

To Kelly's Family: I especially want to say to Joan and Uncle Duane that I am sorry I was not able to come to the school for Kelly and you. I do want you to know that my thoughts and prayers have been with you since Aunt Florence called me on Saturday morning.

Do take care. I will call when I get back to Ohio.
Message from Shirley Bowers
July 26, 2007 2:46 PM

You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers. Some day, you will all be together again.

Shirley & Tim Bowers
Message from Scott Andritsch
July 26, 2007 2:42 PM

May God continue to watch over Ben, Aubree, and Kaitlyn. I knew Kelly for the past 6 years and thought very highly of her. She was such a kind hearted person. Always so happy. I will miss her nice personality and friendship. God Bless you Kelly.
Message from Allan Davis, FF/EMTP
July 26, 2007 11:28 AM

My sympathies for all who knew Kelly for she will be greatly missed by the EMS community. She will also be missed by her home community for she gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Message from Craig Shane
July 26, 2007 11:27 AM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss and cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. Our thoughts are with her children, her family, and the entire department.
Message from Mansfield Ambulance
July 26, 2007 10:06 AM

Sincere sympathy on your loss. Our prayers are with you all.
Message from Karen & Jay Sanders
July 26, 2007 10:02 AM

It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, and the laughter. Although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.

May God Bless Squad 41.
Message from Cecilia Pollard
July 26, 2007 9:21 AM

Kelly was a very special person who I thoroughly enjoyed being around. My husband is a cousin of Ben's, and we always had a fun time at family gatherings!
I wll never forget her beautiful personality, and that one of a kind smile! I always told her she was the BEST hairstylit around!! I know her personality will live through those sweet little girls of hers, and will help her grieving husband, Ben to continue on living with her vivacious spirit! May God bless this beautiful family.
Message from Deb Turk
July 26, 2007 9:17 AM

I know that saying " I am Sorry for your loss" can never truly express my deepest sympathy for all of you. Kelly, was a one of a kind person. She always had a smile for everyone and a kind word. She has been the beautician for everyone in my family for years. We even had relatives drive from Springfield, Ohio to have Kelly do their hair!! I worked with Brandy for several years. Words cannot express my heart felt condolences for all of you. God gave us a angel on earth and now she is a angel in heaven. May God comfort you all at this time.
Message from Virginia Lee
July 26, 2007 8:22 AM

Ed and Joan, Please know that you are in our thoughts at this time and will always remain in our hearts.
Message from Shawna Litzenberg & Denny Woodring
July 26, 2007 8:12 AM

Ben and Girls our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.
Message from Darlene Fillmore, Allie and Jenny
July 25, 2007 9:33 PM

It takes a special person to become an EMT. You will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Message from Sam & Jacque Gonzales
July 25, 2007 8:21 PM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. She was a true Hero!!
God Bless
Message from James and Sheila Dailey
July 25, 2007 8:09 PM

You must be proud of the path Kelly was taking. She died doing what her heart was telling her to do. May God give you all peace during these days of mourning.
Message from Harold & Sandra Wann
July 25, 2007 7:55 PM

Prayers are storming heaven for Kelly's family as well as the Smith and McDougal families and all of Squad 41. May God bless.
Message from Janelle (Coughlin) Herber
July 25, 2007 7:07 PM

Kelly and I were good friends throughout elementary school. We shared too many memories to count. We had sleepovers, went to the fair, and she even pulled several of my loose teeth! She put a smile on everyone's face just by being herself. I'm sure her girls will continue that smile for her. To Ben, Aubree, Kaitlyn and the rest of her family: May God shine his peace upon you and give you the strength you need.
Message from Sarah & Jeremy Taylor
July 25, 2007 5:54 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss and cannot imajine the pain you are feeling. May God be with you and those beautiful girls.
Message from Mike James
July 25, 2007 3:58 PM

Our thoughts and prayer are with the family. Just remeber she died a hero and will alway be remenbered that way with all of us.
Message from Doug LaRue, coordinator
July 25, 2007 12:57 PM

To the family of Kelly:
The USV Alger Rescue Squad would like to extend our deepest sympathies to your family. You were a real "Hero" and great asset to the EMS community. Now, you are an Angel with the lord.
Sincerely,
Doug LaRue, coordinator and the USV Alger Rescue Squad
Message from Todd Weidenhamer, Chief & Gina Weidenhamer, EMT
July 25, 2007 12:50 PM

Our hearts go out to all the fallen members of Squad 41 and thier families. Each of you perished doing what you loved.
Message from James Effinger
July 25, 2007 12:29 PM

On behalf of the Cresson Area Ambulance Service the Paramedics and EMTs offer there condolences and sympathies to the Family of Kelly Rager. My God Bless you all in this time of suffering.
Message from Rachel Garcia
July 25, 2007 12:26 PM

My heart goes out to Kelly's family. She'll be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Message from Lisa M. Hintz
July 25, 2007 12:02 PM

My deepest sympathy to her family.
Message from Amy (Durbin) Scheirer
July 25, 2007 11:59 AM

You are all in my thoughts & prayers!!
Message from Carrie (Shinabarger) Durbin
July 25, 2007 10:13 AM

Kelly was my neighbor and great friend growing up in the country together in Antwerp and we have some of the best memories that I will always hold dear to my heart. She was the first person I met before starting kindegarten at Antwerp (afternoon class) and we would spend the summers riding bikes for hours on end; we always had so much fun no matter what we were doing. We could make each other crack up laughing in a second. Kelly was a great friend to me and she and Brandy were like my 2nd set of sisters. Just seeing Kelly brought a smile to my face and I am sure to many others. God bless you Kelly Jo, you will be missed. And to Kelly's family and Ben and the girls... my heart and prayers go out to you.
Message from April Laney
July 25, 2007 9:25 AM

I am very sorry about your loss. Kelly was a great person. She was a kind hearted person. She was one of a kind. She was always willing to help,and she will be sadly missed, and never forgotten.
Message from Tarah Brewer (Turner)
July 25, 2007 8:55 AM

Kelly . Thanks for all the memories WE have shared as a child,That I will Never Forget we have had sad times and lost loves and gained new ones and so meany laughs no one would understand us but we were a pair growing up. like milk and cookies cant have one with out the other. I will be in our spot were we said we would meet if we ever past on Kelly your a hero and now everyone knows. I love and miss you KELLY JO. TARAH Brewer (Turner)
Message from Ken Laney
July 25, 2007 8:03 AM

Kelly was a beautiful person. She cut my hair for the past five years. I only told her once how I liked it and she always remembered. She always talked about her husband and little girls never heard her say an unkind thing about anyone. My goes out to her family.Thanks for all the great haircuts Kelly.
Message from april shadrick
July 25, 2007 7:24 AM

I have no words that can console your greatest loss. When thinking of her children I just ache with sadness for them. Please know your in our thoughts all though we have never met. It is always sad to hear about fellow EMT/Paramedics that lost their life doing what they loved to do. Thank God she came into your life and left two beautiful girls to remember her by.
Message from Matt Bock
July 25, 2007 7:07 AM

I am a medic in Whitley County, IN. You will be missed by many, and as a fellow medic, Thank you for your service and you are home now.
Message from Ricki Slattery Starrett
July 25, 2007 6:32 AM

Ben and Family - you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from Andrea Klopfenstein
July 24, 2007 10:43 PM

To the Rager family Kelly will missed by many but remember in the days to come Kelly died a Hero. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family
Message from Nikki Christian, jason Unger and Kadee
July 24, 2007 10:14 PM

Your family is in our hearts and prayers. May God be with you in this time of need.
Message from Mark A. Sanderlin
July 24, 2007 9:18 PM

I've only known Kelly for just a little over a year at Brown Mackie. I remember her laughing at my jokes, and accepting me as one of her friend. She always treated me with respect and always reassured me of success in the L.P.N. program(specially whenever I was feeling discouraged.) I will miss her physical presence but her spirit will always be with me and all her fellow students.
SGT. Mark A. Sanderlin, U.S.M.C.
Message from Jamie Smith - Student Nurse
July 24, 2007 9:17 PM

I am so sorry for your loss!! I loved sharing my clinical's with Kelly. We had such a blast doing our O.B. rotation with the mid-wife. She will be missed greatly!!
Message from charles howe
July 24, 2007 8:55 PM

kelly will be greatly missed thoughts and prayers to ben and family.
Message from Clint Rager
July 24, 2007 7:35 PM

Message from Bryan Daniels
July 24, 2007 3:00 PM

I know "sorry for your loss" just doesn't cover it. When I saw Kelly's picture this morning in the EMS obituaries, it reminded me of my own wife, and to have a family on top of it, I just can't imagine the pain. Although we're nearly a country apart, we all bond during these times. Kelly made the ultimate sacrifice doing what she loved...make sure her children know that! Our prayers are with you on the West Coast.
Message from Vicky Long Oakwood Emt
July 24, 2007 2:58 PM

My prayers are with you. It takes a special person to do this job and Kelly was one.
Message from Kara Leonard
July 24, 2007 1:02 PM

I knew Kelly from Four County, she was always so upbeat, and happy. She could put a smile on your face on your worst day. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Message from Jennifer Andrews
July 24, 2007 12:55 PM

I went to school with Kelly and we used to play around in class all of the time when our Cos. teacher was not looking. She was always an uplifting person and she always made us smile and laugh especially when the song "rocket man" was played during our lab times. I will never forget the time that she took the tooth pick comb and acted like she was sing the song while sliding across our lab floor. unfortunately we lost touch after our high school years but I want you to know that I will never forget her.
Message from City of Laurinburg Fire Department
July 24, 2007 12:45 PM

our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Message from Mandy (Rister) Shelton
July 24, 2007 11:49 AM

My prayers and deepest sympathy go to all of Kelly's family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss, may God be with all of you in this very difficult time.
Message from Steve and Pam Miller
July 24, 2007 11:27 AM

To the Rager Family, So sorry to hear of your loss we are praying for you all.

May the Lord Bless you in your time of sorrow, read John Chapter 14.
Message from Chris Kurtz
July 24, 2007 10:20 AM

I really don't know what to say, Kelly was a special person. I had met her 10 years ago through her sister Brandy who was friends with some of my friends. Kelly started cutting my hair probably about 6 years ago and had kept doing so for 4 years until I moved. I had stopped in to say hi to her since I hadn't seen her in awhile and get my hair cut about 2 weeks ago. We caught up on things that we going on in our lives & she was telling me how she was going to school to be a nurse. I am really going to miss her & wish there was something I could say to those closest to her but there are really no words for this tragedy, I am SO SORRY for your loss!!! She will be missed by many and remembered by all. My deepest condolences!
Message from Amanda Miller (Hart)
July 24, 2007 9:54 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Kelly was a beautiful person inside and out and she will be so missed.
Message from Jane Craig
July 24, 2007 9:20 AM

As I write this, I'm still in disbelief that such a vivacious young lady was taken from our lives so tragically. My heart goes out to her family. When I moved to Fort Wayne, I came back to Kelly for my haircuts not only because I liked the way she cut my hair, but mainly because I enjoyed her as a person. It was fun to hear what new things the girls were doing, or empathize with her over her nursing classes. God be with you all and help you through this time of grief. I will miss her terribly.
Message from Gail Stout
July 24, 2007 9:13 AM

There are no words that I can say that can ease your pain. I am truely Sorry for your loss. All of you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from Ryan & Sarah Noggle
July 24, 2007 8:51 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben and the girls. Ryan & Sarah (Wiesehan) Noggle
Message from Tim & Lisa Dunlap
July 24, 2007 8:38 AM

To all the Families and Friends who Honored and Loved Kelly,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that you are all in our hearts and prayers.

Tim,Lisa, Nate and Nick
Message from Jessica Bolen
July 24, 2007 8:28 AM

Message from Bob Shick
July 24, 2007 8:20 AM

You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Laurens County EMS
South Carolina
Message from Sandy - retired EMT-B
July 24, 2007 7:41 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with Kelly's family. She must of been one wonderful young lady!
God Bless all
Message from Shannon Foltz
July 24, 2007 7:10 AM

i am sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to your family.
Message from Bobbie Dobbelaere Gerschutz
July 23, 2007 10:07 PM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers! My deepest sympathy goes out to your and your family!
We put our lifes on the line every time those tones go off, never thinking of ourselves, only those whom need our help. Kelly was a hero and never forget that!
Message from Rushville Rescue Squad
July 23, 2007 10:04 PM

To the Rager family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We want you to know that your loss affects EMS comrades across the nation.
Message from Angie Smith & Eric Porter
July 23, 2007 10:02 PM

Kelly is our hero and life savor. August 20th 2006, We had a really bad accident infront of their house, and if it wasn't for Kelly being an EMT, and calling for help, and helping us, Eric would not be here...We are so greatful for her and everything she did for us. Also everything shes done to save other peoples lives. We are now expecting our first child in September. We are so thankful to her, its really sad that her life wasn't spared as well...God Bless You Kelly! You're in our hearts forever!
-Angie Smith&Eric Porter
Message from laura grant
July 23, 2007 9:37 PM

sending my condolences to to all of kelly's family. you are all in my thoughts.
Message from Cindy (Dunderman) Cordero
July 23, 2007 7:46 PM

My heart aches for you all. Words can't express how sad we all are for you and your family.
Lov Cindy
Message from Josh Drouard
July 23, 2007 7:30 PM

To the entire Antwerp Community, my thoughts are with you, may God Speed prayers to you.
Message from Kenny Thomas Fire Chief Oakwood
July 23, 2007 6:17 PM

Ben and girls, may God be with you all during this time
Message from Leann Moser
July 23, 2007 6:01 PM

You are in my thoughts and prayers
Message from Mark and Ramona Price
July 23, 2007 5:38 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy.
Message from Amber Mosser RN
July 23, 2007 5:26 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kelly will be greatly missed. She was one of my first nursing students and Brown Mackie and she was one of the most compassionate, energetic students I have had. She had a true passion for helping others and that is really hard to find. May God be with you all.
Message from Barb Aldrich, Firefighter-Paramedic
July 23, 2007 2:30 PM

Dear Rager Family, Please accept my sincerest sympathies in the loss of you loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Message from Jodie Kobee-Kravec
July 23, 2007 1:45 PM

To your family my thoughts and prayers are with you in this hard time. Kelly was amazing person and she will always be remebered. Just a little thought to leave you i drove 3 hours to get my hair done by her after i moved she was the best.

With Deepest Sympathy
Love Always
Jodie
Message from George & Ann Gordon
July 23, 2007 1:12 PM

Our prayers are with you!
Message from Marcia Griffith
July 23, 2007 12:38 PM

Your family is in our hearts and prayers. Kelly was a one-of-a-kind person who will be deeply missed. May God be with you in this time of need. We love you.
Message from Amanda (Hounshell) Schweitzer
July 23, 2007 12:24 PM

Ben and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Message from Susan Mutter (Turner)
July 23, 2007 12:21 PM

Kelly was a big part of my family while she was growing up with my daughter Tarah. I can't express in words what she has meant to us and how sad Kelly's passing has impacted me and my grown children. Please know that our thoughts are with the whole family and our tears are for you as well. We have memories of precious Kelly in our home that we will never forget. God be with you.
Message from Mike & Donna DeVore
July 23, 2007 10:50 AM

Words cannot explain the pain that we felt in our hearts. To the Ragers, Zubers, and Gordons, please accept our deepest sympathies. Our prayers will be with you.
Message from Andy and Jennifer Sowles
July 23, 2007 9:10 AM

Message from Randy Miller, Pam Walker, Charles & Jessica
July 23, 2007 7:04 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Message from Scott & Amanda Fellers
July 23, 2007 6:40 AM

We are heart broken for your family. Our prayers are with the girls and Ben.
Message from Jennifer Schaefer
July 23, 2007 12:07 AM

Your family is in my prayers
Message from Derek North
July 22, 2007 7:38 PM

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