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Dr. James Swearengen

June 22, 1957 ~ July 16, 2019 (age 62)
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Message from Mayu Uchihashi
October 10, 2019 10:02 PM

Jim was so gentle and kind, and was extremely helpful every time I needed help with AAALAC International related matters. He even agreed to do a teleconference at night to accommodate the time difference between the US and Japan. I am very grateful for everything he has done for all of us.
Message from Mike Killian
September 30, 2019 11:45 AM

I am totally shocked by this, I was looking him up to send him a note today. Gracious, funny, humble, don't begin to tell what a great man he was. I was with him at the Ft. Hood Veterinary Activity when he was a new Captain at the old Carswell Air Force Base. We went TDY together and I taught him sanitary inspections of commercial food establishments. I met up with him again in Europe when I was at the 7th MEDCOM HQs, and he was stationed in Stuttgart. Everyone in every unit loved Jim, and respected him immensely. Jim was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever met in my life. Rest in Peace brother.
Message from Francis AGO Fakoya
August 29, 2019 12:10 PM

WoW! This is a quite a shock to us at ACURET.ORG. I visited the AAALAC International web site today to make reference to a subject matter toward our coming National Workshop in Nigeria when I saw the news. This is very sad. Dr James Swearengen was our Speaker during the First ACURET Independent Training Program held at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana in March 2017. He was very busy at the time and could not travel, yet he insisted he wanted to be a part of what we were doing and delivered his presentation via teleconference to the participants. In fact, he had to travel immediately after his presentation. which was widely appreciated. On behalf of ACURET.ORG, please accept our condolences. May his gentle soul rest in peace. A great loss to AAALAC international and the Lab Animal science community globally. We pray God to grant the family the fortitude to bear this loss and comfort them. Francis AGO Fakoya, Principal, ACURET.ORG
Message from Douglas Stone
August 21, 2019 9:27 PM

Jim was such a great guy. His passing hits me hard as I lost my brother to a GBM. I still get a smile when I recall traveling to South America with Jim. We stopped at a simple restaurant for lunch in San Palo. For the next 3 hours we ate. We don't know what we were eating, but they kept coming back with more and so we just kept eating. From there we traveled to Rio de Janero with the most beautiful beaches and women. Well Jim and I went walking on the beach once just so we could say we saw the beach. We ended up walking behind two very old and very fat men wearing Speedo swim suits. Jim and I spent the next thirty minutes trying to walk faster than them to pass. We never did pass them. We could not walk faster than those two guys. Our view of the beach was terrible. Every time I spoke with Jim we talked about these events with smiles. Jim, The "Big Dog" He is missed. We all lost a good one.

Doug Stone
Message from Mark Gold
August 8, 2019 12:57 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss and the loss to all of us who knew Jim. He was a colleague and comrade to me, but more importantly, he was a mentor and friend who was always there to support you and join in a laugh. The great memories of his life and impact on those around will long overshadow the grief of his passing and provide a comfort for those who live with him in their heart. He was a blessing to those who knew him.
Message from Terri Clark
August 1, 2019 3:29 PM

I loved Jim dearly for his calmness, ability to always make you smile, expansive yet humble intellect, kindness, and friendly manner. He always made me feel valued and appreciated regardless of time passed between contact. I wish for his family the Lord's peace.
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A candle was lit by Pete Schultheiss and Terri Clark on August 1, 2019 3:19 PM
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A candle was lit by Don and Deb Gardner on July 31, 2019 1:04 PM
Our heartfelt condolences to the Swearengen family. We remember Jim fondly for his intellect, natural and authentic leadership, friendship, and especially his wit. He will be greatly missed. Keeping Jim, family, and all those he touched in our thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Peggy Studer Berry on July 30, 2019 10:38 PM
Message from Brianna Skinner
July 30, 2019 5:06 PM

I thank you so much for your mentorship, words of wisdom, and advice. You are truly missed but will always be remembered.
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A candle was lit by Brianna Skinner on July 30, 2019 5:03 PM
Message from Dana Scott
July 29, 2019 10:39 AM

Jim always led by example and was the kind of man that made you want to follow and be like him. I will miss his grace, humor and counsel. He gave part of his life to so many of us, and made us all the better for it.
Message from Susan Harper
July 29, 2019 10:31 AM

Jim was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. His warm personality and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.
Message from Kelly and Cindy Prevost
July 29, 2019 7:52 AM

Doc Swearengen.....top notch. Cindy and I met this legend earlier in our careers at Walter Reed. I knew this man was very special the first time meeting him and admiring his leadership skills. One of the ARMY's general orders is as follows; We will guard everything within the limits of our post and quit our post only when properly relieved.....Doc, you have been properly relieved. God Speed. God Bless America.
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A candle was lit by The Reilly Family on July 28, 2019 7:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Michele Byrd on July 28, 2019 4:06 PM
Message from The Kimmel family
July 27, 2019 1:12 PM

We send our sincerest condolences to Michele and the entire family. We are certain that Jim will be missed by everyone who crossed his path because he was one of the good guys!
Message from Calvin Carpenter
July 26, 2019 2:43 PM

Reflecting back, It was 25 years ago that I first met Jim Swearengen. In the ensuing 25 years, I have many memories of a great leader, veterinarian, and military officer. But most of all, I have many memories of a great friend. I will cherish those memories always.
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A candle was lit by Calvin Carpenter and Heather Wargo on July 26, 2019 2:37 PM
Message from Kent Mahoney
July 25, 2019 8:28 PM

My deepest condolences to Jim’s family...I saw he and his mother 4 years ago and really enjoyed our time together...he was a very good friend and although we lost touch, I never forgot him... a very good man...
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A candle was lit by Mary Waters on July 25, 2019 7:57 PM
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A candle was lit by Jim & LuAnn Sheets on July 25, 2019 1:00 PM
Message from Jim & LuAnn Sheets
July 25, 2019 12:59 PM

There are precious few words that could convey the totality of what Jim meant to so many whose lives he touched. We will forever be grateful for having shared in his journey and for the impact he had on our lives as a mentor, colleague, and most dearest friend. The world is indeed a smaller place with his passing, but always better for the undeniable imprint his presence left behind.
Message from Jerry and Nancy Jaax
July 25, 2019 11:29 AM

Jim was the best of the best. An accomplished, professional and compassionate officer; an elite lab animal specialist and great friend that you could always count on. He cared deeply about his people and had the touch for resolving difficult problems and sensitive situations. He was dedicated to his family and it showed in everything he did. We will miss him.
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A candle was lit by Jerry and Nancy Jaax on July 25, 2019 10:57 AM
Message from Steve and Cheryl Dixon
July 24, 2019 11:44 PM

We are so blessed to have known, worked with and played with Jim during our military and AAALAC International careers. We miss him so much. What a wonderful and caring person. Our sympathy goes to you Michelle and your family. God Bless you all.
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A candle was lit by Steve and Cheryl Dixon on July 24, 2019 11:38 PM
Message from Estella Jones
July 24, 2019 10:20 PM

My deepest condolences to you for the loss of a great soul. It is not often in life that you cross paths with someone like Jim, who has all of the integrity and values that you respect and cherish. His soul will forever influence us, as he will live again in heaven. God bless your family and thank you for sharing his fleeting time with us while on earth.
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A SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent on July 24, 2019

Michele, Eric, Lily, Ken, Katie, Eliza, Viggo, and Jim's Mother, Maggart and family. Please accept our deepest condolences. We send you all our love. We will keep you all in our prayers always. Love, Sylvia Meza & Family

Message from Laura Singleton
July 24, 2019 9:56 AM

I'm honored to have known and worked with Dr. Swearengen many years ago in the US Army. He was an exceptional veterinarian and officer, and I know he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
Message from Kathryn Bayne & Mark Haines
July 24, 2019 7:59 AM

Jim touched many lives, making us all better for that touch. His kindness, gentle spirit, generosity, brilliant intellect, and love for puns imbued his every action. He leaves behind a legacy of having had a significant and positive impact on all who knew him, and the animals he cared about so much. He made the world a better place.
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A candle was lit by Kathryn Bayne & Mark Haines on July 24, 2019 7:53 AM
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An A GARDEN PATH was sent on July 24, 2019

We will all miss Jims benevolent presence and enduring friendship, and will cherish those wonderful memories always. With our most heartfelt condolences. Mark and Coleen Martinez

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A candle was lit by Ravi Tolwani on July 23, 2019 10:57 PM
Message from Karl Lackinger Family
July 23, 2019 5:07 PM

We all send our deepest sympathy to Michele, Eric,Lily, Ken, Katie, Eliza, Viggo,
And Jim's Mother, Maggart. Jim touched the lives of so many people and many of God's creatures both great and small. His legacy will be the love and compassion he brought to the world.
keeping you all in our prayers,,
The Karl Lackinger Family
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A RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent on July 23, 2019

In loving memory of Jim and sincere support for all of his many family members and friends around the world. Jim will live on in our hearts forever. Dr. Gary and Tammy Borkowski and Family

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A candle was lit by Gary & Tammy Borkowski on July 23, 2019 3:40 PM
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A candle was lit by Herod Howard on July 23, 2019 12:50 PM
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A SYMPATHY GARDEN VASE was sent on July 23, 2019

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family - both 2 legged and 4. He was truly a gentle, kind soul. Love, The Van Winkle Family - Hans, Debra, Jessica, Melissa, Chrisy & Brian

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A candle was lit by Bart Carter on July 23, 2019 9:58 AM
Message from Bart Carter
July 23, 2019 9:57 AM

Jim was a wonderful person - a great colleague and friend. We will all miss him.
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A candle was lit by Nate Powell on July 23, 2019 9:38 AM
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A candle was lit by Lori Hill on July 23, 2019 9:37 AM
Message from Taylor Bennett
July 23, 2019 9:34 AM

Jim was truly one of the nicest people that I have had the pleasure to know in the field of laboratory animal medicine. He will really be missed.
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A candle was lit by Taylor Bennett on July 23, 2019 9:32 AM
Message from Nate Powell
July 23, 2019 9:28 AM

Jim was simply the best in so many ways. I always felt better after talking with him and listening to all of his funny stories. He was kind, humble, generous, and a dear friend. He served as a mentor for all of the young soldiers and a couple of old ones (myself included). Best of the best.
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A candle was lit by Joe Thulin on July 23, 2019 9:14 AM
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A candle was lit by Susanne Rensing on July 23, 2019 5:50 AM
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A candle was lit by Nati Lood on July 22, 2019 10:36 PM
Message from Dan, Sam and Allie Richardson
July 22, 2019 9:22 PM

Michele, Eric, and Ken
Although it has been many years since we last saw Jim we were very saddened with the news of his passing. We will always remember him as a most kind and generous soul.
We pray that as your hearts are aching may the Lord hold you close to Him and comfort you tenderly. Please accept out deepest sympathy.
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A candle was lit by Janet Rodgers on July 22, 2019 7:50 PM
Message from Chris Parks
July 22, 2019 4:31 PM

Jim was kind, compassionate, funny and wise. He will be missed by all of his friends and colleagues. It was a privilege to work with him at AAALAC. He will be sorely missed.
Message from Bill Dale
July 22, 2019 3:12 PM

Jim was a terrific colleague and treasured friend. He was a guiding light for me during my career in lab animal medicine and I will miss him greatly.
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A candle was lit by Bill Dale on July 22, 2019 3:08 PM
Message from Mike Wyss
July 22, 2019 2:56 PM

Jim was a great friend and mentor to me and all at AAALAC. May. Jim was always there to assist and always had a joke to tell. He was one of the nicest people that I I worked with in academic medicine and it was a privilege to know him.
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A candle was lit by Chris Parks on July 22, 2019 2:54 PM
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A candle was lit by Mike Wyss on July 22, 2019 2:54 PM
Message from Pat Brown
July 22, 2019 2:40 PM

Jim was stellar in so many ways. His kindness, generosity, sense of humor and dedication to animal welfare are what made him a pillar as a colleague and friend. He will truly be missed but not forgotten.
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A candle was lit by Pat Brown on July 22, 2019 2:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Brenda Hoffman on July 22, 2019 2:23 PM
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A candle was lit by F. Leif Hoffman on July 22, 2019 2:14 PM
Message from F. Leif Hoffman
July 22, 2019 2:12 PM

It was an honor and a privilege to work for and to be a friend of this incredible person at USAMRIID and NBACC. He was a kind and gentle soul that was liked by everyone. I can honestly say that I loved this man. He will be truly missed! My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. He is someone that impacted my life and I will never forget him!!
May be rest in peace Jim........
Message from john dennis
July 22, 2019 2:11 PM

All of my interactions with Jim were on the professional side, often me asking him for advice. He was always friendly and upbeat, which made me want to get to know him at at a deeper level. Time and circumstances did not allow this, and I know his close friends and family members would give anything for more time with him. He blessed many people by just being himself.
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A candle was lit by Ted Plemons on July 22, 2019 1:51 PM
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A candle was lit by Rob Weichbrod on July 22, 2019 1:32 PM
Message from Rob Weichbrod
July 22, 2019 1:32 PM

My heartfelt condolences to the Swearengen family and friends. May you be consoled by the presence of your loved ones and your faith Jim was one of the nicest people that I have had the honor to know and the distinct privilege to work with.
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A candle was lit by Mel and Judy Balk on July 22, 2019 1:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Harold and Loberta Staley on July 22, 2019 12:47 PM
Message from Loberta Staley
July 22, 2019 12:46 PM

Michele and family, How fortunate we were to know Jim and his family. I treasure the time he was our boss at VM, USAMRIID. He was a giving and caring person, and a fun person to work for. He was always available to answer questions and provide guidance. I just recently found one of his letters that he sent to us when he was in Iraq. I feel so fortunate that i was part of the team in Veterinary Medicine Division when Jim was our "leader." I can't forget his great sense of humor and his love for his family. He will be truly missed by many.
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A candle was lit by Cheryl Doerr on July 22, 2019 12:42 PM
Message from Javier Guillén
July 22, 2019 12:03 PM

One of the best things AAALAC has given me has been meeting Jim. During many years I had him as colleague, friend and even boss. I will always miss him. Javier
Message from Donna Pearman
July 22, 2019 11:21 AM

Jim was a fine man, a loving husband, a terrific father, and a champion of animals without a voice. He had a smile for everyone, and his presence made this world a better place for all. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on. He inspired so many lives in multiple ways, and I will remember him as a kind man who lived life fully and tried to not miss a thing along the way. My wish for the family is to continue seeking joy in the love you share, remembering that Jim's spirit will always live in your hearts.
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A candle was lit by Carolyn Mentzer on July 22, 2019 9:36 AM
Message from Michael Riley
July 22, 2019 8:55 AM

I served with CPT Swearengen at Walter Reed. He was a good, decent man with sense of humor that we all remember. The world is a poorer place with his passing. Mike Riley
Message from William Wade, SFC (Ret) Us Army
July 22, 2019 8:30 AM

It was my great privilege to serve with this man. I'm proud that his name will always adorn a plaque in my office, a gift given from the departmental staff when I left Walter Reed. He was always the consummate professional, a great veterinarian, mentor and officer. He was the "Poet Laureate" of WRAIR. This is a huge loss for our military veterinary family and the profession. His contributions were immeasurable. My condolences to his family and many friends and colleagues.
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A candle was lit by Mannebach Family on July 22, 2019 12:43 AM
Message from Toby
July 21, 2019 7:03 PM

James Swearengen was a great and caring individual and this world will not be the same. So sorry for the family’s loss.
Message from Joyce Watson Williams
July 21, 2019 4:04 PM

I am a classmate of Jim’s from Linn County R-1! So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Prayers for his family and friends! May he RIP!
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A SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent on July 21, 2019

We will miss you! God bless your soul! Deepest sympathies, Marc & Kathryn Hulin

Message from Jefferson MD
July 21, 2019 2:35 PM

It was delightful to work with Jim. He was a wonderful person who earned respect as a person and a scientist. I am so sorry.
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A candle was lit by Pat Worsham on July 21, 2019 2:32 PM
Message from Jim Taylor
July 21, 2019 2:08 PM

Jim was a longtime and cherished military and AAALAC International colleague. He and I shared many, many conversations about our laboratory animal medicine endeavors, for which I will be forever grateful. His advice and counsel were sought by many and I certainly count myself as honored to have been one of his colleagues. May he rest in peace and his family always know how many lives he touched through his long and distinguished career.
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A candle was lit by John Shull on July 21, 2019 12:15 AM
Message from Robert Phillips
July 21, 2019 12:06 AM

Jim was one of my hero's growing up. He was always a great person. Definitely will be missed.
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A candle was lit by Sandy Nay on July 20, 2019 10:02 PM
Message from Rod Belzer
July 20, 2019 9:40 PM

Jim and I were in high school and college together. He was just the finest person you could ever call your friend. I remember his laugh and always will. Prayers go out for all his family.
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A candle was lit by Kelli 'Clevenger' Corbett on July 20, 2019 8:05 PM
Message from Jim Elliott
July 20, 2019 7:12 PM

I met Jim during our Lab Animal Residency. He was a couple years ahead of me and was always the go to guy for questions, advice or a good joke. He treated everyone with respect and was always humble about his own accomplishments. I am truly lucky to have been able to call him a friend. I will miss him greatly.
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A candle was lit by Jim Elliott on July 20, 2019 7:06 PM
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A candle was lit by Sylvia Meza on July 20, 2019 6:29 PM
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A candle was lit by Dale Martin on July 20, 2019 6:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Vicki Daily on July 20, 2019 6:13 PM
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A candle was lit by Tom Dearing on July 20, 2019 6:09 PM
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A candle was lit by Bernadette Kallhoff on July 20, 2019 5:48 PM
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A candle was lit by Cherie(Veeder)Smith on July 20, 2019 5:39 PM
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A candle was lit by Drynda Butler Dearing on July 20, 2019 5:00 PM
Message from Becky McAlister
July 20, 2019 3:25 PM

Jim and I grew up together in a small town in Missouri and he was a dear friend. He loved joking around back in younger days, but he had a heart of GOLD. I will always cherish our friendship! My prayers are with his beautiful wife that he loved so very much & his wonderful family.
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A candle was lit by Becky McAlister Alley on July 20, 2019 3:14 PM
Message from Terry Besch
July 20, 2019 1:26 PM

Jim was a terrific mentor, leader, and soldier. Not only a brilliant lab animal vet, but a funny, kind, and caring person. It is hard to know he is not around, and I can't pick up the phone to ask him for his expert opinion preceded and followed bya dose of good humor. He is so missed by all.
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A candle was lit by Terry Besch on July 20, 2019 1:22 PM
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Message from Hans and Melissa Lackinger
July 20, 2019 1:03 PM

A truly wonderful man, intelligent, kind and loving. Jim will always be remembered in our hearts. We are so blessed to have known him and he will be deeply missed.
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A candle was lit by Hans Lackinger on July 20, 2019 12:59 PM