Juneau resident Jerome B. Prahl died July 6, 2007, in Auke Bay. He was 46.
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He was born April 11, 1961, in Duluth, Minn., to Kathryn (Lemieux) and Walter Prahl Jr.
After growing up and spending the early part of his life in Minnesota, he moved to Juneau in 1983. His early days in Alaska were spent working in construction, as a volunteer firefighter in Douglas, as a seaman on a tugboat and as a mechanic for the city of Juneau. In 1989, he became a full-time firefighter with the Capital City Fire and Rescue in Juneau.
Throughout his 18-year career with the fire department, he achieved numerous certifications including Emergency Medical Technician III, ice rescue and airport rescue and was actively involved in training volunteer firefighters in the region. He took great pride in his work with the Helicopter Medevac Program, which he headed up from 1998 to 2007.
He also owned and operated the "In and Out" convenience store on Douglas Island for a number of years.
According to family members, he loved to fish, hunt and spend time at his cabin in Tenakee Springs. He was a gourmet cook, loved to garden and was an expert mechanic, they said.
He was preceded in death by his father; and brothers, Robert Prahl and Steven Prahl.
He is survived by a son, Jaron Prahl, of Deer Park, Wash.; daughter, Natalie Wedin and her husband, Gordy, of Duluth; grandson, Brady Wedin, of Duluth; mother, Kathryn Adams, of Duluth; sisters, Margaret Anderson and her husband, James, of Duluth, Mary Schrock, of Duluth, and Susan Zimmerman and her husband, Larry, of Little Falls, Minn.; brother, Walter Prahl and his wife, Marian, of Duluth; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank Capital City Fire and Rescue for its friendship with Jerome throughout the years and the support provided at the time of his passing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the MedicOne Program at the Capital City Fire and Rescue, 820 Glacier Ave., Juneau, AK, 99801.
In memory of his love for the outdoors, a celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Auke Village Recreation Area. A potluck, with sockeye salmon provided by friends, will follow.