Procession for Fallen Appleton Firefighter Passes Through Area

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

Appleton police and firefighters responded to the transit center on the 100 block of E. Washington Street around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for a routine medical call, police said.

"It sounded like real loud firecrackers, like consistent 'pow pow pow, ' and I was thinking it was too loud for fireworks, so I looked out the window", Appleton resident Danielle Morris told the Press-Gazette.

The firefighter died after he was rushed to a local hospital, the department said in a statement posted to Facebook.

A police officer and two other people were hospitalized following the shooting, the Appleton Fire Department said.

Dozens of people gathered at Core Church in Appleton on Thursday evening for a prayer vigil remembering fallen firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard. Representatives of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association responded to the scene, executive director Jim Palmer said. They said they saw police running towards the scene.

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Because the shooting involved Appleton first responders, the Green Bay Police Department was called in to investigate the incident with the help of other agencies. I heard it again.

Thursday afternoon, the Appleton Fire Department identified the firefighter as Mitch Lundgaard.

'I saw the guy shoot a female, and she went down, ' Mourning added, 'and another shot was sacked, and there was another male, and he went down, and then I saw the shooter flee'.

Mourning said she yelled for her children as soon as she realized shots were fired. "I screamed through my house that those are gunfire and everyone get down", Mourning said.

Appleton is about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Milwaukee. So we're just happy we could get them there and get them the medical attention they needed, ' Cash said. The flag-draped coffin was then brought into the medical examiner's office. Firefighters lined the street as emergency vehicles escorted the body. Firefighters with their truck lights flashing positioned themselves on interstate overpasses as the procession passed by on the way to an Appleton funeral home.

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