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Processed to transport fallen firefighter to Appleton


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

View on the Appleton transport center (photo WBAY)

The procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Milwaukee medical examiner's office. The procession will continue towards the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel funeral chapel in Appleton. The procession will arrive at Appleton at 12:30.

CLICK HERE to see the route of the procession.

A press conference will be held at Appleton Police Department at 2 pm.

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

The Appleton Fire Department says the firefighter was killed Wednesday during a shootout at the Valley Transit Center. The name of the firefighter has not been released, but the statement says the firefighter had been in the department for 14 years.

The funeral processions are pending.

A procession took place during the night in Milwaukee while the firefighter's body was taken to the Milwaukee county medical examiner's office. The first leaders stopped at the street while the emergency vehicles accompanied the firefighter to the medical examiner. The fallen firefighter was wrapped in an American flag.

"Kathy and I sent our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fellow firemen who lost their lives the night before," said Governor Tony Evers in a statement on Twitter. "We remain with our first responsible @plpletonfire, @cityofappleton and @AplpletonPD_WI while weeping this loss."

"My condolences to the family and friends of the firefighter who lost their lives in Appleton yesterday. Let all those affected by this tragedy find peace," says Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul.

The firefighters, a police officer and two others were killed at the traffic center Wednesday afternoon.

The police say all the wounded were transported to hospitals. We do not know your conditions. Each of the patients was accompanied by officers.

Viewer Tamara Owens sent us a video about a man who was dressed while on the sidewalk. The police could not confirm that no one was in custody, but said that "there is no continuous threat to the community."

Meghan Cash from Appleton Police Department says police and firemen responded to the traffic center for a medical call at 5.30. While they were treating the person, "the incident happened to be shot".

"It was a very fast scene. It was the things … we had to bring people to the hospital quickly. So we're glad we can get them there and get the medical attention that they need. they needed, "said Cash.

Several witnesses reported hearing feelings and said they saw the police running towards the scene (see related story).

The police are still trying to determine what caused the shooting and exactly the number of rounds.

As the shooting involved the first in response to Appleton, the Green Bay Police Department was summoned to investigate the incident with the help of other agencies.

ThedaCare told Action 2 News that two of the victims were taken to the ThedaCare – Neenah Regional Medical Center. A person was transferred to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Appleton. There was no condition available.

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

The streets Franklin, Washington and Oneida blocked in this area with a strong police presence. Three hours after the shot, they were still blocked by people who passed, as it was a very active crime scene. People are asked to avoid the area.

Cash said it was discouraging that this would happen during the National Police Week, when the nation recognized the sacrifices of the officers. A few hours ago, the police were in the center of the city to have a drink and show the children's cars in the square of Houdini.

"It will be a difficult day for us, especially during the police week, to have something like this," he said.

Valley Transit temporarily transfers passengers to Franklin and Superior.

"We know that many of you have questions and doubts about an incident that took place this evening at the Transit Center," says a @ValeyTransit tweet. "Due to the ongoing investigation, we ask our followers to look for all the updates to the Appleton Police Department."

The Appleton Public Library is closed until further notice. "Our heart goes out to everyone involved in this tragedy," says the library staff.

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