Final Respects to Lundgaard

APPLETON, Wis. — According to the Associated Press, The Wisconsin 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 for Mitchell Lundgaard Monday evening at Appleton Alliance Church included eulogies from family and friends. Longtime friend Justin Wisneski talked about how Lundgaard found his calling as a firefighter. Wisneski says Lundgaard switched his college major from architecture to pursue a career as a firefighter following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 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. Residents of Appleton paid their final respects, hundreds lined a procession route for Mitch Lundgaard, 36, that wound through Appleton on Monday, starting at a funeral home and ending at Appleton Alliance Church, where a visitation was held. Lundgaard was taken back to the funeral home following an evening service, which is not open to the public. Lundgaard’s family released a statement saying the “outpouring of support” from the community in the past week “has been astonishing to us.”