Andrew Norman Zalme, 42, passed away April 16, 2015, while responding to a car fire. Andy and other members of the Dakota City Fire Department were finishing up at the scene when Andy complained of chest pains. He collapsed and later died at the hospital.
Andy joined the Dakota City Fire Department in July 2008. He held the position of captain at the time of his death. He also served on the board of directors. Andy joined the fire department so he could make a difference and help his community. Andy also served on many different organizations within the community. Andy loved being part of the fire department and the brotherhood. He would respond to every call that he could.
Andy graduated from Western Iowa Tech in 1993 and started working at Wilson Trailer Company as a drafter. He had worked there for 22 years. At the time of his death he had been working on a specialty trailer for a customer in Canada and had put many hours of work into it, including flying to Canada to meet with the customer.
Andy was very outspoken and was never shy about sharing his opinion. He had a sense of humor which included many one liners.
Andy enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, guns, and anything outdoors. He loved watching football, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He also loved to BBQ. Every year on the 4th of July, he would be in charge of the BBQ, and most people would love coming just to enjoy the food. Andy especially loved spending time with his three boys, Tyler, Brady, and Jude.
Andy is survived by his wife, Bobbie; his three sons, Tyler, Brady, and Jude; his mother, Sandra; sister, Megan; and brothers-in-law, Justin, Jay, and Jesse. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Jacob, Jace, Jada, Ethan, Lilly, Nyle, and Joah; and his extended family and friends in and out of the fire service.
We are happy for the time we did spend with him and love and miss him every day.