On June 3, 2007, Federmann, a U.S. Special Forces soldier, and Sgt. 1st Class Chad Kite, of Virginia, were credited with neutralizing multiple enemy threats. They were part of a mission to capture a suspected terrorist with U.S. and Iraqi soldiers in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, according to the Army citation. Federmann was injured in the withdrawal from the target area. Federmann and Kite were awarded the Silver Star, the third-highest individual honor, in July 2008. Federmann also earned a Purple Heart.
Even though Federmann never talked about his accomplishments, his wife said she’s “going to let everyone know what a hero he was, and how outstanding he was.”
“He was so patriotic. He loved this country,” said Abby Federmann. “He was such a patriot.”
Federmann was born on Dec. 25, 1975, and attended Eastern Kentucky University for two years before leaving school to work for his father in Atlanta. He joined the Army because of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Abby Federmann said. Before leaving for basic training, Federmann went home to visit family and friends. It was then when he met his wife, who was working as a waitress at Rick’s Tavern in Fairfield.
They were married on April 22, 2003, in Cincinnati.
“We balanced each other out pretty good,” said Abby Federmann. “He set a good example for my kids on how to achieve what it is that you want.”
Federmann graduated from Fairfield High School in 1994, and was a standout linebacker on the football team. During his senior season in 1993, Federmann was the Journal-News All-Butler County Defensive Player of the Year. He racked up 101 tackles for the 8-2 squad that narrowly missed the Division I playoffs.
“He was just a phenomenal dad,” she said. “Through all the deployments, and all the time he was gone, all the things he did was for the kids and for me. He was just a very selfless person. Just by his awards in the military you can see that, and he would have sacrificed for the people around him.”
Federmann retired from the Army in 2010, and after brief stint as a government contractor, he worked for Lou Fusz Ford and became general manager.
In addition to his wife, Federmann is survived by his children, Payton and Dominic; parents, Edward and Elaine Federmann, of St. Louis, Mo.; and brother, Edward Federmann, of Cincinnati.
The family will have a celebration of life at the Lou Fusz Athletic complex in St. Louis, Mo. on Sept. 26.Federmann will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military with full military rites. A date for the service has not yet been released.