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Sheriff's Office: Deputy killed in the line of duty
MILWAUKEE --- A sheriff's deputy was killed in a two vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on the southbound side of I-43 near Winnebago Street. He is identified as Deputy Sheriff Sergio Aleman.
"On behalf of the 1200 men and women of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Sheriff Aleman's family," Inspector Edward Bailey told reporters. A press conference was held at Froedhert Hospital, where Aleman was pronounced dead.
Bailey said Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was in California for a homeland security training conference. He is cutting the trip short to return to Milwaukee.
Aleman was driving a yellow pickup truck which is used to help disabled motorists. It is unclear how the crash happened, but a red tow truck appeared to have also been damaged at the scene.
The southbound lanes of I-43 were closed for several hours while the crash was investigated. Northbound lanes were also backed up. Crowds gathered to look at the scene.
"I saw the first sheriff pull up on the scene and he actually came to give the other sheriff CPR," Esau Rodriguez told CBS 58 News. (Rodriguez was referring to deputies.) "Kind of sad to see something like that."
Kristen Staszak said her family listens to police scanners, and the call for this crash sounded different from the rest.
"They were doing chest compressions. It was scary. You know they were scared it was one of their own," Staszak said.
According to court records, Aleman was sworn in as a deputy in 1994, and was recognized for his service earlier this year.
Another press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m..