"He was a giver:" Loved ones remember retired firefighter killed in crash

“He was a giver: “ Loved ones remember retired firefighter killed in crash

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- There is a memorial set up for retired firefighter Art Fennig, 79, at the scene of the crash near 53rd and Van Beck. 

"He loved life, he was always having fun. You always had fun when you were with Art," Mike Torpy, a family friend said. 

Fennig was a firefighter for 31 years and retired in 1996 at the fire station near 13th and College. He was also a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Sunday night, Fennig went out with his neighbor.

"The neighbor was going to pick up some pizza. He said Art why don't you come along, that was it," Torpy said. 

The driver, an off-duty Milwaukee Police member, lost control and crashed into a tree. Emergency crews tried to save him, but Fennig died at the scene. 

His family said they will remember the good times they shared. 

"He loved fishing, hunting and camping. To this day at 79, he was still on the ski patrol," Torpy said. 

His family is planning his funeral for sometime this week. 

"He was a giver, he was always helping people," Torpy said. 

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