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Katherine M. Broeker

AGE: 21 • Mount Laurel

Katherine Myma Broeker passed away on March 5, 2015. She was 21.

Born on October 11, 1993, Katie possessed intellectual curiosity and an independent spirit. Never one to follow the crowd, Katie pursued wide ranging interests, traveled to exotic locales, and devoted herself to helping others.

A graduate of Lenape High School and the Mill Creek School in Philadelphia, Katie found her calling in the summer of 2011 when she became an Emergency Medical Technician at Mount Laurel EMS. A devoted member of the MLEMS team, Katie's dedication and skill as an EMT were recognized multiple times at both the local and state levels.

At the time of her passing, while still an active volunteer with MLEMS, Katie was a student at the Virtua School of Paramedic Medicine and Camden County College, an employee of Exceptional Medical Transportation, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill Devoted to both improving and saving lives in both her personal and professional endeavors, Katie was unable to save herself. She had bravely struggled with clinical depression since high school, but tragically succumbed to the insidious effects of this all too common disease by taking her own life.

Katie Broeker is survived by her parents James Broeker and Jeanne Andersen; her brother, Andrew Broeker; and her maternal grandfather, George Andersen.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill on April 25, 2015 at 11 am. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York, New York, (http://www.afsp.org/), or Mount Laurel Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (http://www.mlems.org).




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Published in Courier Post on Apr. 1, 2015.
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July 18, 2015
M M
April 21, 2015
I remember Katie as my daughter Rachel's friend and fellow GAP student, and as a vibrantly intelligent and creative girl. I also remember that the tremendous love and pride you felt for Katie was always obvious. In Rachel's Harrington yearbook she drew a heart around all her friends' faces, including Katie, and I know Katie will be in Rachel's heart forever. I am so very sorry.
Jennifer James
April 10, 2015
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Katie as a cute little girl when we were neighbors in the vineyards. My heart goes out to all of you as I know what it feels like to loss a parent,but can't imagine the pain you are all experiencing in losing a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace and know that she is in a better place.
Jodie Argraves
April 9, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to the Broeker family. There's not much one can say to relief the pain one feels for the loss of a child. Your daughter wasvery giving person and in her field she had the privilege of helping others. Late at night when everything is quiet and your thoughts of Katie begin to overwhelm you; Pour out your heart to our Heavenly father and the peace of God will be with you. Philippians 4:6-7
Sharon Jimenez
April 8, 2015
Although I don't know your family personally, I also lost my son to this disease in June 12, 2011 when he took his life. They are no longer suffering but it's those left behind that have to deal with the pain now, until we meet again. May you find peace in the memories of your precious daughter Katie. My deepest sympathy for your loss, one day, on hour, one minute at a time. Love never dies, never...
a mother & suicide survivor
April 7, 2015
May the God of comfort bless your family and friends. Please except my condolence and these wonderful words of comfort at Philippians 4:6-9
L R
April 4, 2015
I never knew you personally, but we did have a common interest. Taking care of the sick and injured is something we both chose. I'm glad to know that you took the EMT OATH to heart as a doctor does the Hippocratic Oath. The differences you made in the lives of many placed in your care will never be forgotten. Nor shall you yourself.
(A moment of silence in your honor)

EMTs Rock!!
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
April 4, 2015
This candle is lit in memory of your service given to those in need of your care when the tones sounded in your pager and away you went from the station to save another life.
I won't forget the difference you made in others lives so unselfishly.
I didn't know you personally.
REST IN PEACE KATHERINE! YOUR LAST ALARM HAS SOUNDED!
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
April 4, 2015
KATHERINE, I NEVER KNEW YOU PERSONALLY BUT WE HAD ONE THING IN COMMON. WE'RE BOTH EMTs. WE BOTH HAVE GONE THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP THOSE IN NEED WHEN REQUESTED TO DO SO. YOU PROBABLY DID MANY DUTY SHIFTS PUTTING IN THE EXTRA EFFORT WHEN NEEDED. YOU ARE A CREDIT TO YOUR PROFESSION. YOU WILL DEFINITELY BE MISSED BY YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND YOUR OTHER POLICE, FIRE AND EMS FAMILIES AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THE MANY PEOPLES' LIVES THAT YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN DURING YOUR CAREER IN EMS. I WANT TO CRY ABOUT THE FACT THAT WITH ALL OF YOUR TRAINING, PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERIENCE, YOU WERE UNABLE TO SAVE YOURSELF WHEN YOU NEEDED THE HELP THAT YOU GAVE TO YOUR PATIENTS EACH SHIFT ON DUTY. THE RIGS JUST WON'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU RIDING ON BOARD DOING WHAT YOU DID BEST ANYMORE.

(A MOMENT OF SILENCE BY ME PERSONALLY IN YOUR HONOR KATHERINE)

CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
EMT-B/VICE PRESIDENT
HAMPTON LAKES EMS
SOUTHAMPTON TWP, NJ
STATION 178
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
April 1, 2015
Katie, my dear little sister of the heart, You are so missed. Your light shown so brightly, though you did not know it. I know your that your spirit lives on and that we will meet again some day. Rest peacefully my dear friend...until then... I love you.
Akasha Babos
April 1, 2015
I did not know Katherine personally, but I can relate to what she went through and I feel so badly for what you're going through.

Another angel in heaven, and we'll all be together again one day soon. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathleen Ollek
March 27, 2015
Beloveds, may the beautiful memories of Your loved one provide solace and strength during this difficult time. And may you find comfort in God's promise of life without end in Paradise.
(Luke23:43)
Sierra
March 26, 2015
Katie, you are so missed, by more people than you can imagine. I hope you've found peace and I will always remember the friendship we shared once upon a time.
Rachel J
March 25, 2015
Rest in peace Katie. Your intelligent, caring, and loving self will live on forever.
Greg S
March 25, 2015
Katie you will not be forgotten as you touched many.
Nick D
March 25, 2015
You brought me nothing but joy and happiness in the time we spent together, Katie. I miss you so much, and I can only hope you've finally found peace.

I will love you forever, Katie....
Keith Shusterman
March 25, 2015
Rest in perfect peace, Katie. I will always miss our discussions and your beautiful smile.

My condolences and love to Katie's family in this difficult time.
Camille Pitts
March 24, 2015
If love could have saved her, she would have lived forever. We now belong to a group of parents who has no willing members, those who have lost a child. No one should ever outlive their children. I'm hoping that cherished memories of Katie will see you through these dark days ahead. May happy memories replace the tears. My memories of Katie are of the days she was part of my brownie troop. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all, know that I am here.
Trish Brown
Trish Brown
March 24, 2015
Be at Peace Katie. You will not be forgotten. My prayers are with your loved ones.
Ginger Burke
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