Posted at: 09/14/2013 6:39 PM
(ABC 6 News)-- Bells were ringing and tears were falling for fallen Dodge County Sheriff’s Captain, Loring Guenther.
"If we go through life the way he did, and treat people the way he did, that we'd all be better people,” said Don Hofstad of the Mantorville Fire Department. “We'd all be respected, we'd all be loved, and it's a fitting tribute for such a great man."
Guenther was only 43 years old, and a friend to all he met, according to the many he knew and worked with.
"You could only hope that something like this ever happens to you, that you have people that respect you as much as they respected him," said Hofstad.
Guenther, a native of Crystal, Minnesota, died of a heart attack in his Kasson home on Tuesday. He leaves behind a wife, a father, a sister and a nephew.
"His style of leadership with people, and how he interacted with people sets a very good tradition on how we should carry on," said Kasson Police Officer Don Cassidy.
Family and friends gathered at New Life Worship Center Saturday morning to say their goodbyes.
"This is a close knit community," said Dodge County Administrator Jim Elmquist. "This is how we are as a group, no matter if it's the county or the cities or the townships, we're a close knit group and we all are together in this."
"He made us all better people," said Hofstad.