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Governor orders flags at half-staff for Appleton firefighter

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Posted at 1:40 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 14:41:06-04

APPLETON, Wis. — Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has issued an official proclamation to lower flags at half-staff in honor of fallen Appleton firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard, who was killed in a shooting at a transit station.

The 36-year-old Lundgaard was the first Appleton firefighter in 86 years to die in the line of duty. Police say the suspect also died in an exchange of gunfire with police Wednesday at Valley Transit in downtown Appleton and a police officer and bystander were injured.

"I join the Fox River Valley and people across our state in mourning the loss of a life dedicated to public service," Gov. Evers wrote in a tweet.

Monetary support for Lundgaard’s wife and three children was streaming into a GoFundMe website. Wisconsin native and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt donated $10,000 to the fund Thursday. Watt’s father is a retired firefighter.

More than 1,200 people had donated about $87,000 to the Lundgaard family in the first 19 hours of fundraising.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.