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Parents keep memory of fallen solider alive by helping students

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A few weeks ago, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point students graduated into the Wisconsin Conservation Warden Service. Mary and Dave Kreinz, of Beloit, were there watching 13 graduates accomplish what their son had always dreamed of doing.

"Tyler had everything to do with the outdoors. He loved the hunting, fishing, boating, anything to do with being out in the woods." -says Tyler's father Dave Kreinz.

Tyler Kreinz always dreamed of becoming a conservation warden. But, he was also a soldier at heart. Tyler joined the military at age 18. In June 2011, he died serving in Afghanistan. His opportunities may have been cut short, but his parents are fueling his dreams, through a scholarship in his name.

"Students get to benefit from it, even though they don't know Tyler, but they do through us, I guess." -says Dave.


Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark heard about Tyler's passing, and got in contact with Dave and Tyler's mom, Mary.

"Randy came down from Madison after he read about Tyler wanting to become a conservation warden, and he gave me a challenge coin." -says Dave.

Conservation warden students receive that special coin at their graduation. Soon, Dave and Mary were working with Chief Stark to create a memorial fund. This year, the scholarship went to a young woman named Courtney Adair.

"We were grateful to Courtney for serving her country. It was special for us to give to somebody who could continue on with what Tyler wanted to do." -adds Dave.

If you're interested in contributing to Tyler's memorial fund, make a check out to the Wisconsin Conservation Wardens Association. In the memo, write Tyler R. Kreinz Memorial Fund.

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