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Wisconsin firefighter's family says support is 'astonishing'Submitted: 05/20/2019
Wisconsin firefighter's family says support is 'astonishing'
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APPLETON - Residents of a Wisconsin city are saying goodbye to a firefighter killed in the line of duty.

A procession honoring Mitch Lundgaard wound through Appleton on Monday, starting at a funeral home and ending at Appleton Alliance Church, where a visitation was planned. Lundgaard will be taken back to the funeral home following the 6 p.m. service, which is not open to the public.

Lundgaard's family released a statement saying the "outpouring of support" from the community in the past week "has been astonishing to us."


The husband and father of three was killed in the crossfire of a gunfight between police and a Wausau man who also died in the exchange of gunfire.

Lundgaard was the first Appleton firefighter in 86 years to die in the line of duty.

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