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Funeral Monday for fallen Appleton firefighter

Updated: 6:19 a.m. on May 20, 2019

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Appleton's fire chief is encouraging citizens to line a funeral procession route to honor firefighter Mitch Lundgaard who was killed in the line of duty last week.

The processional begins at 1 p.m. Monday followed by a public visitation at Appleton Alliance Church from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Chief Jeremy Hansen says the processional route will run from the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel to the church. Lundgaard will be taken back to the funeral home following the 6 p.m. service, which is not open to the general public.

The husband and father of three was killed in the crossfire of a gunfight between police and a Wausau man who also died in the exchange of gunfire. Lundgaard was the first Appleton firefighter in 86 years to die in the line of duty.

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Posted: 10:42 a.m. on May 18, 2019

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Funeral arrangements are set for an Appleton firefighter who was killed in the crossfire of a gunfight between police and a Wausau man who was free on bond pending drug charges.

Appleton Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen says the 6 p.m. service Monday for Mitch Lundgaard at Appleton Alliance Church is not open to the general public. Hansen says citizens are encouraged to line the processional route from the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel to the church, as well as the return trip to the funeral home after the service.

The processional begins at 1 p.m., followed by a public visitation at the church from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Lundgaard was the first Appleton firefighter in 86 years to die in the line of duty. It's not clear who fired the shot that killed him in the Wednesday evening altercation.

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