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PHOTOS: Firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson laid to rest

The American flag outside the Willmar Fire Department flies at half mast in observance of the late Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
The American flag outside the Willmar Fire Department flies at half-staff in observance of the late Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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Firefighters stand around to visit with one another outside Refuge Church before the start of firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Firefighters stand around to visit with one another outside Refuge Church before the start of firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
American flags blow in the wind on the hood of the hearse for Ryan Leif Erickson at Refuge Church on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Willmar.
American flags blow in the wind on the hood of the hearse for Ryan Leif Erickson at Refuge Church on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Signs supporting the late Ryan Leif Erickson are seen in his procession to Evergreen Cemetery in Blomkest following his funeral service at Refuge Church in Willmar on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Signs supporting the late Ryan Leif Erickson are seen in his procession to Evergreen Cemetery in Blomkest following his funeral service at Refuge Church in Willmar on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
An American flag flies from a fire engine ladder outside Refuge Church during the funeral for Blomkest Fire Department firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
An American flag flies from a fire engine ladder outside Refuge Church during the funeral for Blomkest Fire Department firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Friends and colleagues attending the funeral for Blomkest firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson remembered him as a man who always “showed up” where he was needed. Erickson's funeral was Friday in Willmar.

Firefighters hold the doors for people attending Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral at Refuge Church on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Willmar.
Firefighters hold the doors for people attending Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral at Refuge Church on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
An American flag flies at half mast next to a Blomkest Fire Department engine outside Refuge Church during the funeral for firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
An American flag flies at half-staff next to a Blomkest Fire Department engine outside Refuge Church during the funeral for firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Firefighters from various departments in the region stand around to visit with one another outside Refuge Church before the start of firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Firefighters from various departments in the region stand around to visit with one another outside Refuge Church before the start of firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
State Fire Marshal Jim Smith stands beside Blomkest Fire Department fire engines outside Refuge Church prior to the funeral of the late Blomkest Fire Department firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
State Fire Marshal Jim Smith stands beside Blomkest Fire Department fire engines outside Refuge Church prior to the funeral of the Blomkest firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Attendees for the late Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral service walk outside Refuge Church in Willmar the afternoon of Friday, May 20, 2022.
Attendees for the Ryan Leif Erickson's funeral service walk outside Refuge Church in Willmar the afternoon of Friday, May 20, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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