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Procession of transported fallen bomber back to Appleton



APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – A procession was held Thursday morning as a fallen firefighter was transported back to Appleton.

Check out at Appleton Transit Center (WBAY photo)

The process starts at 10:30 am at the Milwaukee Medical Examiner's Office. The procession will continue at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel in Appleton. The procession is expected to arrive in Appleton at about 1

2:30 pm.

CLICK HERE to see the procession route.

A news conference will be held at the Appleton Police Department at 2 p.m.

Action 2 News plans to bring both live events to our website and Facebook page.

The Appleton Fire Department says the firefighter died Wednesday during the shooting at the Valley Transit Center. The fire department has not yet been released, but the statement said the fire department had been in the department for 14 years.

Preparations for burial awaits.

A procession was held at night in Milwaukee while the firefighters were brought to Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. First responders burned in the street as emergency vehicles escort firefighter to medical examiner. The broken firefighter was draped in an American flag.

"Kathy sent our deepest sympathy to family, friends, and firefighter's colleagues who lost their lives last night," Gov. Tony Evers in a Twitter statement. "We stood with our brave first responders @appletonfire, @cityofappleton, and @AppletonPD_WI while they were distressed by this loss."

"My sympathies with family and friends of the brave firefighter that had lost his life at Appleton yesterday, through this tragedy will find peace," says Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul.

The firefighter, a policeman, and two others were shot at the transit center Wednesday afternoon.

The police said all the injured were taken to hospitals. We do not know their conditions. Each of the patients is accompanied by officers.

Tamara Owens shows us a video of a man handcuffed while on his belly on a sidewalk. The police did not confirm that anyone was in custody but said "no constant threat to the community."

Meghan Cash of the Appleton Police Department states that police and fire departments responded to the transit center for a medical call shortly after 5:30 pm As they treated the man, "the incident is growing among shots fired. "

"Very fast scene These are the things … we need to quickly bring people to the hospital. We can get them there and get the medical attention they need," Cash said.

Many witnesses reported hearing guns and said they saw the police running to the scene (see related story).

what led to the shooting and exactly how many rounds went off

Since the shot was involved Appleton first responder, the Green Bay Police Department was called to investigate the incident with the help of other agencies.

ThedaCare tells Action 2 News that two of the victims were brought to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Neenah. One person was brought to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Appleton.

Appleton, Kaukauna and Fox Valley Metro police departments, Outagamie County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene.

The streets of Franklin, Washington and Oneida have been blocked in places with heavy police presence. Three hours after the shooting they were still blocked by people passing by, as it was a very active crime scene. People are asked to avoid the area.

Cash said this has been a drastic change that occurred during the National Police Week, when the nation recognized the sacrifices of officials. Some time before, the police were downtown for a brat fry and to show the car lot to the children at Houdini Plaza.

"It will be a difficult day for us, especially during Police Week, to have something like this happen," he

The Valley Transit temporarily moves passengers to Franklin and Superior.

"We know that many of you have questions and concerns about an incident that happened tonight at the Transit Center," tweeting from @ValleyTransit. "Due to ongoing investigation, we ask our followers to look at the Appleton Police Department for all the updates."

The Appleton Public Library is closed until further notice. "Our hearts go out to all who are involved in this tragedy," said the library staff.


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