Sgt. Venne’s father, Brian, is a Moriah town justice, and his mother, Laura, teaches biology at Moriah Central School.
Dain Venne was a member of Port Henry Fire Department, whose members turned out in force with firefighters from Moriah, Ticonderoga, Barneveld and other departments. A firefighter from the Barneveld department, north of Utica, had served with Venne and brought that fire company to the village Sunday.
Venne had received a firefighter commendation award for rescuing three campers at Port Henry Village Campground during Tropical Storm Irene last August.
Village Mayor Ernest Guerin said he was at the campground when floodwaters from Lake Champlain and a nearby stream overtook it.
“We went into the campsite to get those people, and Dain carried them on his shoulders, carried them to the firetruck through waist deep water.”
Former Port Henry fire chief Jack Waldron said he knew and respected Venne, as did everyone who knew him.
“He was a good boy. He knew the facts of life. He loved children. He’s a hero.”
He said he and other firefighters will remember Venne as long as they live.
“He was a friend, a soldier and a hero.”
Two other soldiers died with Venne, and a fourth was injured.
Venne’s funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Port Henry. Calling hours are today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Harland Funeral Home.
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