Montana Air National Guard • Line of Duty Death: November 12, 2023

United States Air Force Firefighter Captain David Thomas Lambers passed away on November 12, 2023 after a courageous battle with service-related cancer.

Lambers was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Bozeman, Montana. His childhood was carefree, with countless good times playing with friends and family. The Lambers family was loving, close-knit, and they spent a lot of time playing with siblings, cousins, and friends. Additionally, Lambers enjoyed playing video games, bowling, baseball, and enjoying the outdoors. Later on, he and his wife, April, met at the Margarita Meltdown, a fundraiser from Eagle Mount.

As a child, Lambers had a dream of becoming a firefighter and helping others. In 2011, he enlisted in the US Army and served as Sergeant First Class. In 2013, he joined the Montana Air National Guard (MANG) Airport Fire Department, where he received his status as Captain. Most recently, Lambers joined the US Air Force where he earned his rank of Staff Sergeant. Above all, he loved helping others and enjoyed the sense of family and community he received from each of his careers. Lambers’ main goals were to be a part of something bigger than himself, and upon transferring to the Air Force, he aspired to become the Chief of the station at MANG. Throughout his honorable 12 years of service, Lambers earned numerous awards, including, but not limited to two Meritorious Service Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, and a Medal of Valor. Lambers was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Non-Small Cell Squamous Lung Cancer due to his service, but he was determined to beat it. He fought a hard fight, however, the illness ultimately took his life.

April currently resides in Montana with her children, Noah and Natalie. She enjoys golfing, camping, boating, hiking, traveling, volunteering for her childrens’ school and sports, and spending time with friends. Additionally, when time permits, she loves to sew and crochet. In the future, April is excited to continue to watch her children grow and keep their father’s memory alive. The donation of a mortgage-free home from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is allowing April to continue raising her children in the only home they have ever known. Finally, April would like others to know that she and her husband loved each other from the beginning and more and more each day. Lambers was full of life and loved his family very much. They loved the life they created together and were living every moment to its fullest.

United States Air Force Firefighter Captain David Thomas Lambers is survived by his loving wife, April, and his children, Noah and Natalie.