Fallen Appleton Firefighter Remembered As Selfless Public Servant

Mitchell Lundgaard Killed In Shooting Last Week

Mitch Lundgaard, Appleton, firefighter
This undated photo provided by the Appleton Police Department shows Appleton firefighter Mitch Lundgaard. Lundgaard was killed in a shooting at a Wisconsin bus station while responding to an emergency call on May 15, 2019. A call to assist a man thought to be having a medical emergency on a bus escalated into a shooting that ended with the man and Lundgaard dead and two others hurt. Appleton Police Department via AP

The Appleton firefighter killed by gunfire after responding to a medical call has been remembered as a proud father, loving husband, loyal friend and selfless public servant.

The funeral service Monday evening for Mitchell Lundgaard at Appleton Alliance Church included eulogies from friends and family.

Longtime friend Justin Wisneski talked about how Lundgaard found his calling as a firefighter. Wisneski said Lundgaard switched his college major from architecture to pursue a career as a firefighter following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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The 36-year-old Lundgaard, the father of three young boys, is the first Appleton firefighter to die in the line of duty since 1933.

He was killed Thursday in the crossfire of a gunfight between police and a Wausau man who also died in the exchange of gunfire.

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