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"He was a wonderful man:" Bryan Rodriguez, DPW worker laid to rest

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A funeral was held Saturday for Bryan Rodriguez.

The Milwaukee DPW worker was killed on the job one week ago while filling potholes, when a hit and run driver crashed into him. The man responsible ran away from the scene.

Hundreds of loved ones, along with elected officials, and co-workers attended the service at Serb Hall to pay their final respects.

Rodriguez’s unexpected death was not only difficult for his family, but also his co-workers. “I was devastated, as I'm sure everyone throughout our City of Milwaukee DPW feels, and it's just a tragedy,” said Douglas Baranowski.

There was also an overwhelming show of support from several public works departments across Wisconsin. "We have heard from our neighboring communities, our neighboring public works communities," said Jeff Polenske, DPW commissioner. "It's been really heart-warming to have."

Mayor Barrett talked about the kind of man Rodriguez was. He said Rodriguez loved going fishing, and riding Harley’s -- anything outdoors. He was also committed to his job and never called in sick.

After the service, there was a sea of yellow. Dozens of DPW trucks honored Rodriguez during the procession.

He was laid to rest at Good Hope Cemetery.


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