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Community rallies around family of St. Thomas firefighter following fatal motorcycle crash

The communities closest Nicholas Cheeseman have come together to help support his family, following a deadly motorcycle crash that took the life of the 34-year-old St. Thomas firefighter this week. 

Community members raised over $31,000 for the family within 24 hours

Nicholas Cheeseman with his five-month old son, Wyatt. (Submitted by Ryan Cheeseman)

The communities closest to Nicholas Cheeseman have come together to help support his family following a motorcycle crash that took the life of the 34-year-old St. Thomas firefighter this week.

"He was my hero," his brother Ryan Cheeseman said. "He was an absolute class act. Just an amazing brother, an amazing husband, an amazing son, an amazing father, and he wore his heart on his sleeve, and he'd give you the shirt off his back."

Cheeseman created an online fundraiser "for Nick's wife and baby boy" two days after the motorcycle crash, hoping to raise at least $30,000. The fundraiser passed that goal within 24 hours.

"It really illustrates the fact that there's so much good out there and there's so many people that are willing to help and support in any way that they can," said Ryan Cheeseman.

Nicholas Cheeseman was a firefighter with the St. Thomas Fire Department. (Submitted by Ryan Cheeseman)

Cheeseman said the family has been left speechless by the amount of support from the community.

"I cannot even begin to express the gratitude that I have for the amount of support that we've received thus far," he added. "It's beyond anything that we could have ever expected, and it's a silver lining to this tragic situation, to just see the amount of love that exists."

Nicholas Cheeseman with his wife, Erica. (Submitted by Ryan Cheeseman)

Nicholas, who lived in Port Stanley, left behind his five-month old son, Wyatt, and wife, Erica.

Elgin County OPP said the crash occurred in the evening of July 28 in St. Thomas at Coulter Avenue and Elm Street. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Chaarani is a reporter for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo and London. You can reach him at james.chaarani@cbc.ca.

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