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Authorities identify Appleton firefighter killed in shooting

Credit: NBC 26 Wisconsin
Published on May 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:56s

Authorities identify Appleton firefighter killed in shooting

The firefighter killed after a shooting in downtown Appleton on Wednesday has been identified as Firefighter Mitch Lundgaard.

Appleton Fire says Lundgaard was married with three young children.

Lundgaard began his career with the Appleton Fire Department in 2005.

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Authorities identify Appleton firefighter killed in shooting

TONIGHT TO SUPPORTEACH OTHER ANDREMEMBER MITCHLUNDGAARD.NBC26S JULIANAFALK IS LIVE INAPPLETON AT A VIGILTONIIGHT.JULIANA?IT WAS A VERYEMOTIONAL NIGHTHERE AT THE CORECHURCH.

MANYMOURNING THE LOSSOF FIREFIGHTERMITCH LUNDGAARDAND REMEMBERINGHIM DURINGTONIGHTS PRAYEEVIGIL.PKGMANY PEOPLE...STILLSHOCKED OVER THENEWS THAT HASSHAKEN THEIRCOMMUNITY.Pastor mike novotnyYou read headline afterheadline of things thathappens and justthinking lots of theheadlines happen in bigcities la and New York it'slittle towns you've neverheard of until thingshappenTHE PASTOR AT THECORE MIKE NOVOTNYDIDNT KNOW WHAT TOEXPECT TONIGHT BUTWANTED TO MAKESURE EVERYONE HADA SAFE PLACE TOTALK ABOUT WHATHAPPENED...REMEMBERING LUNDGAARDPRAYING FOR HISLOVED ONES ANDMAKING SUREEVERYONE HAD ASAFE PLACE TO TALK.1:25 -1:33Pastor mike novotnyI didn't know Mitchpersonally he was aboutmy age husband like Iam has kids like I do sothe more I thought aboutthat it really becamepersonal.MANY RECOGNIZINGTHE RISK MEN ANDWOMEN TAKEEVERYDAY THEY PUTON THEIR UNIFORMSAND HEAD INTO WORKALEX DUROSthey don't know whetherthey're going to comehome that day to seetheir family so it'sespecially a struggle forus to digest the fact thathe left children and heleft a wife and he leftcoworkers and as acommunity we'remourning for them.BUT MOST PEOPLEARE FORTUNATE TOFEEL THE SUPPORTOF THIS COMMUNITY...AND ARE READY TOSTAND TOGETHERAND HELP EACHOTHER THROUGH.Michael EwartAppleton's a great town Ihope that this doesn'tlead us to live in fear it'sa great place to live andraise a family and we'regoing to get through thistogetherAND WHILE THEREWAS SADNESS ASEVERYONE LEFT THECHURCH THERE WASALSO A STRONGSENSE OF UNITYPEOPLE STEPPINGBACK OUT READY TOHELP OTHERS GETTHROUGH THIS.LIVE IN APPLETONJULIANA FALK NBC26.LUNDGAARD'S BODY

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