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Firefighter killed in the line of duty escorted from Milwaukee to Appleton

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Local first responders stood at attention Thursday morning as a procession of law enforcement vehicles made its way through Milwaukee and onto the interstate. 

They stood in memory of an Appleton firefighter who was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday. 

The firefighter's body was escorted to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office overnight and another procession was held for the return trip to Appleton. 

Authorities were responding to a medical call Wednesday night at the Valley Transit Center in Appleton when they say shots were fired and four people were hit including the fallen firefighter and a police officer. 

The firefighter is a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department. 

The Fire Department says the Appleton Police officer who was shot is recovering. Members of the Milwaukee Fire Department offered their condolences to Appleton firefighters during Thursday's procession. 

"It's a horrible feeling to know that it actually happened to somebody and that at any time, any police officer, firefighter, EMT, paramedic - it could happen to them," said Lt. Brent Jones with the Milwaukee Fire Department. 

Local fire departments have posted on Facebook, including Milwaukee, offering messages of heartfelt condolences. They say they are standing with the Appleton Fire Department and their thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. 

Appleton Police are expected to release more information during a press conference at 2:00 p.m. Thursday. 

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