Hundreds of people lined the streets of Appleton to honor Mitchell Lundgaard
A line of Appleton Police cars escorted Fire Engine 9321 as the procession went from the funeral home to the Appleton Alliance Church. The engine carried a casket draped in an American Flag. People lined the streets carrying American Flags, fellow firefighters in salute as they were paying their respects to the man who died in the of duty.
It was a quiet and solemn moment as the engine drove by Fire State 1, where Lundgaard served. Lundgaard was a 14-year veteran with the Appleton Fire Department and had been promoted to driver/engineer.
"Today, we bring our brother home! The Lundgaard family and AFD appreciate the love and support from all," said Appleton Fire Department in a Facebook post.
On May 15, Lundgaard was tragically killed while responding to a medical call at the Valley Transit Center. He was caught in the crossfire between Appleton Police and the suspect, who was also fatally shot.
Lundgaard leaves behind a wife and three sons.
Following the procession and visitation, there was be a private funeral at 6 p.m.
"Mitchell Lundgaard will always be part of a brotherhood of strong and courageous men and women. Our brothers and sisters dedicate their lives to serving others; recognizing that at times our own safety might be in danger. But our community is mourning the loss of more than just a firefighter today. Mitchell Lundgaard was a husband and a father, a son, a brother, and a friend to so many. He selflessly gave his life serving his community. In turn, we must embrace those he left behind as they cope with the grief of this devastating loss," said the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Lundgaard's family if you'd like to donate, click here.