Vigil set up for child
The Rivermont Fire Department is holding a vigil today for Michael Ramey, a child who died on Sunday.
The vigil will occur at 8 p.m. at the Rivermont Volunteer Fire and Rescue building at 714 Rivermont Drive in Front Royal.
Jeremy Greenbacker, the chief of the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department, described Michael as a kid who “just continually wanted to help people.”
“He had an amazing sense for just coming in and bringing up a room with a smile,” Greenbacker said. “I don’t know any other way to say it; he was just an amazing kid.”
Michael had close ties to the Rivermont Fire Department; his mother is the department’s emergency medical services captain, and his stepfather, Joe Woodall, is the department’s assistant chief.
Greenbacker said he would regularly see Ramey in the department.
“[Michael] was down there a lot,” Greenbacker said. “Any time he saw most of our vehicles, he always asked his parents to stop in and see us. So we all knew him very well outside of the station.”
A “”https://www.gofundme.com/michael-ramey-memorial-fund””>memorial fund has also been set up to “relieve some of the financial stress that the Ramey and Woodall families are going to encounter in the coming days/weeks.”
The GoFundMe page for that fund describes Michael as “a loving son, grandson, and brother.”
“Michael was a little boy full of life, full of energy, and one who never failed to brighten anyone’s day with his smile,” the page states. “Michael meant so much to so many people and touched so many lives.”