Friday marked nine years since a local hero died serving our country. It is a reminder of the sacrifices that have kept our nation free, and a time to remember a unique woman who's love for adventure made the world a safer place.
Carol and Floyd Fahnestock have kept the memories of daughter Kimberly Voeltz alive since December 14, 2003, when she was killed in action while diffusing a bomb near Fallujah.
It has been nine years of missing her.
“Normally, if we get busy and keep busy, we don't think as much about it,” said Kimberly's father, Floyd Fahnestock.
However, over the last nine years, Kimberly's parents said there have been fond memories. In 2005, a gate at Letterkenny Army Depot was named in her honor. A Christmas tree is decorated in ornaments made by a class of fifth graders who never knew Kimberly, but wanted to thank her family for her service.
Carol Fahnestock said her daughter loved being a soldier and believed in her work.
“If she hadn't died and she was just wounded, she would have stayed in,” she said.
Although Kimberly and so many others have been lost, her parents said her courage continues to live on in a world that she helped to make a safer place.
“We will miss her forever,” Carol Fahnestock said. “She was always close to our hearts, but she is with us in spirit all the time.”