Appleton WI- Firefighter Murdered Responding to Medical Call
A call came into the Appleton Fire Department that stated a man coming in from out of town on a bus may be having a seizure. First responders gave initial help to the unnamed 47 year old man. He got up, left the bus, and started to walk down the street towards the library. Then he pulled out a gun and fired several shots, striking Firefighter Mitch Lundgaard, an Appleton police officer, and a female bystander. The firefighter died from his injuries. (via Blue Lives Matter)
The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighter Lundgaard was transported to the hospital, as were the police officer and woman.
“The efforts by the ThedaCare Emergency Room staff were nothing less than extraordinary. Tragically, he died from his injuries Wednesday evening.” Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen
The suspect was killed in the ensuing gun battle with police. The unnamed police officer was treated and released. The unnamed woman is listed in stable condition at the hospital.
Firefighter Lundgaard was a 14 year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department and held the rank of Firefighter Inspector. He was married, and the father of three young children.
A processional was held Thursday as fire and police escorted Mitchell Lundgaard’s body to the funeral home. A vigil was held on Thursday night at a local church not far from the scene.
A woman named Gabby Chavez brought her two sons to the vigil, both of them carrying American flags.
“I just want them to know this man was a real hero.” (via WBAY)
Fire Chief Hansen set up a GoFundMe for the family with their permission that has already received over $70,000. [First responders are not always fully covered for line of duty death.]
R.I.P. Mitch Lundgaard.
Driving up to Oshkosh from Milwaukee on I-41 N and nearly every bridge has trucks on it – for miles and miles – in honor of the Appleton firefighter who died in yesterday's shooting. Sad day for Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/HH7wfnzaKP— Devi Shastri (@DeviShastri) May 16, 2019