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