First lady, second gentleman to visit Waukesha and meet with parade victims' families

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- First lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff are set to visit Waukesha on Wednesday to visit first responders and families impacted by the Waukesha parade tragedy.

The two will be joined by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on the trip. They will first stop at Children's Wisconsin in Wauwatosa and are set to meet with frontline health care workers who cared for patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and victims of the Waukesha parade tragedy. Then, they will head to Waukesha City Hall where they will have a private meeting with the families of victims and first responders that were on the ground during the parade.

"No matter what your politics, or if you hate politics, all of us can come together in gratitude for the first responders who have poured their time and their hearts and their talents into helping those who were affected by the unspeakable tragedy in Waukesha," said Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. "When it comes to tragedies, it really is incumbent to put politics aside and figure out how we can support those who are in pain."

Tami Evanoff owns Burlap & Lace Marketplace. The store is located right along the parade route downtown Waukesha and was open during the parade. She says she is happy the First Lady and Second Gentleman are coming to Waukesha.

"Any support from anyone is needed," Evanoff said. "I think it says a lot that they have taken some time to actually meet with the families. That's the biggest part, is just to show them their support and let them know that they're being thought of."

Evanoff says the support from the community has been amazing during such a challenging time and she's hopeful that the visit will only continue to help families that are suffering.

Stay with CBS 58 on air and online for the latest updates and coverage regarding the first lady and second gentleman's visit to Wisconsin.

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