Remembering Greg Freshwater

WATERLOO, IOWA – Colleagues and friends who knew Waterloo firefighter Greg Freshwater as a young and energetic firefighter have come together to establish an education fund for aspiring men and women in the fire service. Named in Greg’s honor, the Greg Freshwater Education Fund has been established at the Waterloo Community Foundation and will be available to Waterloo firefighters seeking paramedic or EMT training at area accredited post-secondary institutions. Greg was fatally injured in an accident while jogging in south Waterloo in August.

Joining the department’s ranks in 2016, Greg is remembered as a passionate and proud member of the Waterloo Fire and Rescue team. He received an associate degree in fire science at Hawkeye Community College, and at the time of his death, he was a Paramedic/EMT student. The cost of advanced training is the financial responsibility of the individual, which often exceeds $10,000. In an effort to reduce the cost for future graduates, the Greg Freshwater Education fund was established in Greg’s name. An application process will be established with an initial award expected next year. Several community fundraisers are being planned to jump-start the fund balance.

Waterloo Fire Chief Pat Trealor states, “We appreciate the outpouring of support that our department has received from around the state and nation. The idea of an educational fund was brought to me soon after Greg’s death – I cannot think of a better way to remember and honor Greg. We hope that through this fund we can support others aspiring to a career in the fire service. Greg set the bar high for himself and those will benefit from this fund.”

Tax-deductible donations are being accepted by the Waterloo Community Foundation, with the notation of “Greg Freshwater Fund”. For more information, contact Michelle Temeyer at or (319) 883-6022 or visit