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Published May 31, 2012, 10:17 PM

West Fargo students come together to remember heroic former classmate

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - What an emotional last day of school for students at West Fargo's South Elementary today. It was a year ago today, that 7 year-old Mikey Fetzer was killed after being struck by a car near his home. School had just let out for the summer.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - What an emotional last day of school for students at West Fargo's South Elementary today. It was a year ago today, that 7 year-old Mikey Fetzer was killed after being struck by a car near his home. School had just let out for the summer.

As we told you in a special report a few weeks ago, Mikey's family donated his organs, saving and changing the lives of several families including a 12 year-old girl in Utah who got his heart. Today Mikey's classmates remembered him.

They came out in clusters, clutching green balloons. Mikey Fetzer's classmates at South Elementary gathered for a ceremonial balloon release as a way to honor their friend who died a year ago today on his last day of 2nd grade. It was an emotional day for Mikey's parents and siblings, all taking part in the ceremony today.

Bobbi Fetzer – Mikey’s Mom: “Wonderful, because I have to think every time that he is a hero. It just makes it a whole lot easier to think like that.”

Before the release of the balloons, a touching gift from a thankful 12 year-old girl in Salt Lake City, Mia Brickey, who received Mikey's heart. She and her family arranged for the release of white doves in honor and remembrance of Mikey. Mikey's dad and brother helped release the doves.

Then more than500 students released balloons colored green for organ donation. The balloons hit the wide open skies of the North Dakota valley. It’s a day to remember this boy, who tonight lives on in those who helped save.

Bobbi Fetzer: “It was beautiful, it was great.”

Many of the students wore special organ donation shirts designed by West Fargo students, in memory of Mikey, Alexa Kersting, and Eleni Wilson. It was Loren Kersting who told the story about the loss of his daughter while waiting for a transplant that sparked Mikey to tell his parents he wanted to be an organ donor 2 weeks before his death.

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