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Brian Todd Schimpf, 33, died surrounded by family and friends in Parker, Colo., Adventist Hospital, Nov. 23, 2013.

Brian was born in Pusan, South Korea, March 12, 1980, and adopted by his parents, David Schimpf of Duluth and Ann Linnea of Freeland, Wash., March 24, 1981. He grew up in Duluth and attended Chester Park and Marshall Schools and then graduated in 1998 from South Whidbey High School in Langley, Wash., where he served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT from ages 16-18. Brian refereed and coached youth soccer in Duluth. He attended Oklahoma State University in fire management, University of Minnesota Duluth, and received an associate's degree from Red Rocks Community College in Colorado. He achieved his paramedic certification in 2004 from St. Anthony's Hospital Paramedic School in Denver and worked most of his career at Denver Health, where he was an instructor at Denver Health Paramedic School and was named Preceptor of the Year. His most recent employment was as captain of Emergency Medical Services for Grand County, Colo. He was an award-winning professional who leaves a legacy in his teaching skills and mentoring of young paramedics and EMTs.

Brian was a voracious reader and an avid outdoorsman, loved camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and hiking and jeeping in the Colorado high country. He was a fine downhill skier. He loved children, and leaves to his nephew, Jaden, his Lego®-cy.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Jack and Miriam Schimpf and Frank Brown.

Brian is survived by his grandmother, Astrid Brown of Austin, Minn.; his father and mother and his mother's partner, Christina Baldwin; his sister, Sally Schimpf, and her partner, Joe Villarreal; and his nephew and niece, Jaden and Sasha Villarreal, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Brian was a master at friendship and will be profoundly missed and remembered by extended family and friends. In Denver and Grand County he is mourned by the paramedic and emergency services community, who respected his compassion, presence and leadership.

LINE-OF-DUTY MEMORIAL SERVICE: Noon Dec. 12 in Denver First Church of the Nazarene, Englewood.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brian Schimpf Education Memorial Fund, c/o Bellco Credit Union, 244 Milwaukee St., Denver, Colo. 80206.