MIDDLETON (WKOW) — People across the nation helped in the effort to search for Jayme Closs, including two firefighters from Middleton.
“I was completely ecstatic, I had tears in my eyes,” said Middleton Firefighter Jacquie Steele. “I still do on and off today, that’s all I’ve been thinking about.”
Steele and Middleton Chief Battalion Brad Subera were in the first group of volunteers to search for Jayme.
“It was pure elation,” said Subera about hearing Closs was alive.
They traveled more than 200 miles to do so back in October.
“The opportunity posed itself and we’re going to help,” Subera said about the decision to travel to Barron.
Steele recalls that the group of roughly 2,000 strangers quickly came together.
“It was like everybody was family,” said Steele. “We were all in there for the same reason.”
For Subera this situation reminded him of his family.
“It sure makes you think about what could happen,” he said.
He has a 14-year-old daughter, just one year older than Jayme.
“Time with loved ones is precious,” Subera said.
He believes this situation can give others hope.
“Belief for the next time that this happens and for all the other children that are still missing and their families that there is hope out there,” he said.
Both firefighters say they never gave up hope that Jayme was still alive and that she was in their thoughts every day.