KHS grad, Amy Krueger, killed in Ft. Hood shootings
Friday, November 06, 2009 3:34 AM
As the nation anguishes over the pain of the Ft. Hood killings, Thursday, Kiel has learned that a woman from this community is among the victims. Amy Krueger, a Kiel High School graduate and member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, is among the 13 people who died in the shooting that broke out at the Texas Army complex yesterday.
Amy Krueger, after returning from Afghanistan, 2003
Candlelight vigil planned for Sun. evening
To honor Sgt Amy Krueger and keep her memory alive, her friends and family are organizing a candlelight vigil to take place on Sunday, November 8th at 7:00pm located at Veteran's Park in the City of Kiel. Veteran's Park is located on the southeast corner of the First Street Bridge where E. Water and First Streets meet.
Amy is the daughter of Jerilyn Krueger of Kiel and Mark Krueger.
Krueger was reportedly at Ft. Hood to deploy to another mission in Afghanistan as part of the Madison-based 467th Medical Detachment. Her trained area of specialty was in the field of mental health.
Krueger's mother was contacted by Army officials notifying her of her daughter's tragic death in the early morning hours Friday.
Krueger is remembered in her community as a patriot, who joined the military the first time after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
After watching the impact of those attacks, Krueger and her friend, Kristin Thayer, decided to enlist in the Army.
She was called to serve in Afghanistan in 2003, then a member of the Army Reserve Unit in Menasha, WI, a detachment of the 452nd Combat Support Hospital out of Milwaukee.
She was deployed to serve in a 24-bed hospital at that time, treating mostly American soliders with combat stress, and teaching anger and stress management classes.
In a 2003 Tri-County News feature, both Amy and her mother, Jerilyn Krueger talked about the inherent dangers of military service.
At that time, her mother commented, that Amy's decision to go into the service, "...didn't surprise me. She has always been a strong-headed, strong-willed perosn. She made the statement of intending to join the Army, went for everything and didn't procrastinate."
In 2003, Amy Krueger told the Tri-County News, "Joining the Army helped to make us realize we value our country. We didn't know we cared so much."
Materials for this story compiled from a Sept. 4, 2003 interview with Amy and Jerilyn Krueger, featured in the Tri-County News.
Tri-County News photos by Sabrina M. Nucciarone
Kiel Mayor Robert Werdeo, Jr. has signed a proclamation directing that all City of Kiel government offices and buildings lower their flags to half-staff as a show of respect and in remembrance of US Army Sgt Amy Krueger, a Kiel High School graduate and Kiel area resident who died during the tragic events at Ft Hood.
Police Chief Dave Funkhouser said Saturday the Kiel Police Department will be closing the following roadways/areas between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. for the candlelight vigil:
First Street Bridge: between Fremont and Water streets
East Water Street: between First Street and STH 67
Mill Road: between East River Terrace and East Water Street
First Street: at East Water Street
Local traffic will be detoured using East Fremont,
STH 67, STH 32/57 (east of STH 67) and Mueller Roads. Please avoid attempting to use these roadways during the times listed above.
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