connectVideoWisconsin firefighter shot in the line of duty
A 14-year fire department veteran, was one of four shot while responding to a medical emergency at a public transit center in Appleton, Wisconsin.
A Wisconsin firefighter is dead after being shot while responding to an unrelated medical call, in which a police officer was also shot, officials said.
A 14-year veteran with the Appleton Fire department has died after shot “in the line of duty”, while on the scene of a medical emergency in the Valley Transit Center in downtown Appleton, approximately 120 km north of Milwaukee, the department confirmed in a statement Thursday.
Appleton police and fire department responded to a medical call in the 100 block of East Washington Street around 5:30 am on Wednesday. Emergency services were shot dead in an unrelated incident, during the administration of the treatment to the injured party.
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Four people were hit, including a firefighter and police officer. They were all transported to an area hospital where the unknown firefighter later died.
A procession was held overnight in Milwaukee as the body of the victim was taken to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. The firefighters lined the street as emergency vehicles escorted the body. The flag-draped coffin was then placed in the medical examiner’s office.
Appleton fire said that the police officer who was shot was still in the hospital recovering on Thursday.
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Fire officials say funeral arrangements for the fireman in treatment and that the investigation into the incident is underway.
The Green Bay Police Department is leading the investigation into Wednesday’s shooting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.