With the end of every year comes reflections on those we lost along the way. In 2016, the Brookfield and Elm Grove community mourned the loss of a Green Beret, a former firefighter and a promising young athlete.
1. Matthew Thompson
In late August, a community, and a country, found itself in mourning. Brookfield native Matthew Thompson, a Green Beret and U.S. Army staff sergeant, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan Aug. 23. Thompson, 28, was patrolling in Helmand, a province in southern Afghanistan, when an IED detonated. Thompson, a graduate of Brookfield Central High School, was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He graduated from Concordia University in Irvine, California, and had been a resident assistant while studying at Marquette University. Thompson had previously deployed to Iraq, but this was his first tour of Afghanistan.
2. Marcia Rosecky
The city of Brookfield fire department lost one of its own Feb. 27 after former firefighter Marcia Rosecky died after battling myeloid leukemia for 7 years. Rosecky, 41, a 10-year veteran of the department, was forced to retire in December 2008 after her diagnosis. She had started working at the department in 1997 and at the time was the only female firefighter in the city of Brookfield.
3. Malik Turner
The Elmbrook community was stunned by the news of Brookfield Central High School star running back Malik Turner being found dead after having committed suicide Jan. 19. Turner, a senior, had planned to attend the University of Dubuque in Iowa and play football there. In the months since his death, the Elmbrook School District has gone to great lengths to improve its education and program offerings regarding teen suicide and depression.