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Local 215 is having a Fire Sale on the following clothing items. The items are limited in sizes and styles and are on a first come, first served basis. Please call ahead to make sure that Alice will be in the office to assist you. In addition to the items being on sale during normal business hours, they will also be available during May’s union meetings.

No Rank short sleeve t-shirt – size 4XL - $5.00

Embroidered short sleeve t-shirt – size 4XL - $5.00

Embroidered long sleeve t-shirt – size 2XL - $5.00

HEO sweatshirt – size 3XL - $10.00

HEO sweatshirt – size small - $10.00

Captain sweatshirt – size 4XL - $10.00

Lieutenant sweatshirt – size small - $10.00

No Rank sweatshirt – size small - $10.00

No Rank New York style workshirt – size 5XL - $25.00

No Rank New York style workshirt – size 4XL - $25.00

Captain New York style workshirt – size small - $20.00

Lt. New York style workshirt – size small - $20.00

HEO New York style workshirt – size small - $20.00

No Rank wicking short sleeve polo – size 2XL - $10.00

No Rank wicking short sleeve polo – size medium - $10.00

No Rank wicking short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

Captain wicking short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

Lt. wicking short sleeve polo – size 3XL - $10.00

Lt. wicking short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

HEO wicking short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

FF wicking short sleeve polo – size 3XL - $10.00

Lt. Propper short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

HEO Propper short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

No Rank cotton short sleeve polo – size 4XL - $10.00

No Rank cotton short sleeve polo – size 3XL - $10.00

No Rank cotton short sleeve polo – size XL - $10.00

No Rank cotton short sleeve polo – size large - $10.00

No Rank cotton short sleeve polo – size medium - $10.00

No Rank cotton short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

No Rank Game cotton short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

Captain Game cotton short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

Lt. Game cotton short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

Lt. Game cotton short sleeve polo – size medium - $10.00

HEO Game cotton short sleeve polo – size small - $10.00

Local 215 wicking and cotton short sleeve polo’s – medium (black/white) - $5.00

Web Style Belts - $5.00

MFD Key Rings - $1.00

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Retired Fire Captain
John R. O'Leary
Died 04/07/2018
Appointed 04/02/1962
Retired 12/30/1993
DOB 12/10/1937

Visitation will be held Saturday April 14, 2018 at the Heritage Funeral Home-New Berlin 16880 W. National Ave. New Berlin. Visitation will be from 10AM to 12Noon with a service to follow. Interment Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. The obituary will be published in the Wednesday April 11, 2018 Milwaukee Journal.

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Richard Garner
Local Number: L0311
Location: Madison, WI
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter/Paramedic Richard Garner, IAFF 5th District Local 311, Madison, WI. Brother Garner, 29, collapsed suddenly shortly after completing his shift on April 1, 2018.
A memorial service will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the UW Field House, 1450 Monroe Street, Madison, WI.
Local 311 is hosting a celebration of life at The Coliseum Bar, 232 E. Olin Avenue, Madison, immediately following the ceremony.
Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the Local can be sent to Local 311 at 33 Nob Hill Road, Madison, WI 53713-2195.

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The Union Hall will be closed today Tuesday, April 3rd, due to illness.

Thank you

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Retired Fire Captain
James G. Werner
Died 03/15/2018
Appointed 11/17/1958
Duty Disability 04/01/1985
DOB 11/20/1934

Werner, James 83 passed away peacefully. Retired Milwaukee Firefighter & Military Veteran. He is survived by his loving wife Pamela of 55 years, their 2 children; Bret (Roger) and Andrea (Mike) Corso, his granddaughters; Lauren and Addison and his sister, Mary Jesmok. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorial service to be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield WI on April 10th, 2018. Visitations 1-3:30 a short service with military honors at 2:30 In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to: Hospice House of Citrus and the Nature Coast 3350 W Audubon Park Path Lecanto, FL 34461 would be appreciated.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apr. 1, 2018

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Retired Firefighter
James A. Sokolowski
Died 03/23/2018
Appointed 02/20/2967
Retired 01/25/1993
DOB 10/28/1931

A memorial service will be held on March 31, 2018 at the Ephraim Moravian Church in Ephraim, Wi at 11:00am, with a luncheon to follow. There will be no obituary posted in the Milwaukee Journal. An obituary will be posted in the Door County Advocate on Wednesday March 28, 2018.

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Register, to make sure that you can be kept up-to-date with all the current information and voting.

If you have any problems or any questions, please email or call Web Communications Director, Lt. William Code (bcode10@yahoo.com) (414) 403-0505

F.F. John Kokalj
Secretary/Treasurer Local 215

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Obituary for
Retired Firefighter Gerald G. Popp
Died 03/12/2018
Appointed 04/05/1965
Retired 12/24/1996

Popp, Gerald Gene "Jerry" Was born on February 26, 1942, and passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018, at the age of 76. Jerry was a 1960 graduate of Bay View High School where he met his lifelong bestfriend/wife, Barbara (nee Hennington). They married in 1963 and raised their 4 loving children on the south side of Milwaukee: Vincent (Kim) Popp; Jerilyn Budney (Mike Owsianny); Daryl (Dawn) Popp; and Kelly Sue (Greg) Harrison. Proud Papa of Maggie Popp, Max Popp, and Alexis Harrison. Brother-in-law and Officiant Rev. Bruce M. Hennington. Further survived by nieces and nephews, cousins, many loved relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Ruth Popp; sister Patricia (the late Jerry) Doucette; special friends "like brothers" John Evers and Tom Piorier. Jerry proudly served as a Milwaukee Fire Fighter for 30 years. The Popp family would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses and staff at Aurora Burlington and Aurora St. Luke's Medical Centers who provided the loving and compassionate care that extended his life many years. A Memorial Gathering will be held at Max A. Sass & Sons-Mission Hills Chapel on Saturday, March 24, starting at 9:30AM until the time of Jerry's Memorial Service at 11:30AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to MFD Fund "Ignite the Spirit" in Milwaukee.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Mar. 21, 2018

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Retired Fire Captain
James G. Werner
Died 03/15/2018
Appointed 11/17/1958
Retired 12/01/1991
DOB 11/20/1934

A funeral service will be held back here in Wisconsin. Jim passed away down in Florida. Funeral service arraignments are still pending and it is not known at this time when the obituary will be published in the Milwaukee Journal.

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Retired Firefighter
Gerald G. Popp
Died 03/12/2018
Appointed 04/05/1965
Retired 12/24/1996
DOB 02/26/1942

Services are tentatively set for Saturday March 24th, 2018 at Max A. Sass Funeral Home-Mission Hills 8910 W. Drexel Ave. Franklin, WI 414-427-0707.
Visitation will be from 09:30-11:30AM
Service at 11:30AM

Obituary is tentatively set to appear in the Milwaukee Journal on Sunday March 18, 2018.

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Department promotions from battalion chief to deputy chief

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Promotions and transfers


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L215 golf outing date is changed from May 23 to June 25 and that the venue will be at New Berlin Hills golf course.

I’m excited to announce some changes to our LOCAL 215 golf outing!

The first change: We will be partnering with a new venue. This years golf outing will be held and New Berlin Hills golf course, as many of you know the outing has be held at South Hills for a long time. We wanted to make the change to a new and fresh venue that is more centrally located and overall a nicer course!

The second change: We will be moving the date! Usually the golf outing is held in late May. This year we will be holding the outing on MONDAY, JUNE 25th (Red day) with a 10:30am shotgun start. We wanted to make this change to simply have the chance of nicer weather.

We are very excited about these changes and hope you are too! There will be a flyer out in the firehouses soon. Start planning your foursomes with your crew, classmates, and friends! We can’t wait to see you out there.

Matt Ricca

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Retired Firefighter
Eugene P. O'Connell
Died 02/16/2018
Appointed 02/06/1953
Retired 03/08/1978
DOB 03/27/1919

The obituary was published in the Milwaukee Journal on February 21, 2018.
Eugene P. O'Connell
O'Connell, Eugene P. Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 16, 2018 at the age of 98. He was reunited with his son, Bill, brother, Chester and former wife, Frances. Fun loving dad of Robert (the late Jeanne). Cherished father in law of Nancy. Proud grandpa of Kevin (Karla) and William M. O'Connell, Jennifer (Brian) Bergersen, Timothy (Mattea), Steven (Meg), Karen and Tom (Alison) O'Connell. Great grandfather of Nathan, Lukas, William, Joseph, Brian, Benjamin, Mac, Irelynn, Jameson, Greta, Liza, Ada, Bryce and Wyatt. Dear friend of Bob Berndt. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. Gene was retired from the Milwaukee Fire Department after 25 years. He proudly served his country in the Army in World War II serving in the Philippines and Japan. Memorial Services with Military Honors to be held in the summer of 2018 at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

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MFD Softball tournament for 2018 will be august 14th(blue day) make up or rain out date will be august 21st .
konkel park in greenfield please pick p.o.'s and vacations accordingly!!!!

Attention all retirees we are looking to see if your are interested in putting a team together to come back and enjoy the day with us!! Please contact bill code at
414-403-0505 with your team or if u can assign a coach for the team!!!!

Thank you!!!

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Retired Firefighter
Charles E. Rudolph
Died 02/18/2018
Appointed 02/24/1958
Retired 02/28/1987
DOB 10/27/1929

Services will be held at the Shramka Funeral Home located at 13220 W. Capitol Dr. in Brookfield. At this time it is not known what day the obituary will appear in the Milwaukee Journal. The below obituary has been posted on Shramka's website.

Obituary for Charles Rudolph Sr.
Born to Eternal Life on February 18, 2018 at the age of 88 years. Loving husband of Carol (nee Helgert) for 58 years. Dear dad of Amy (Jim) Durgan, Charles Jr., and Brian Rudolph. Loving grandpa of Sarah and Matthew Durgan. Brother-in-law of Joan Geiger. Uncle of Prudence Precourt. Further loved by other relatives and friends.
Charles retired from the Milwaukee Fire Department after 30 years of service.
Visitation at the Funeral Home Friday, February 23 from 5 PM until time of Service at 7 PM. Private interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Special thank you to the SICU nursing staff at Froedtert Hospital and the entire staff at Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice

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promotions and transfers


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John Kokalj is looking for any volunteers to join the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. If interested please text him 414-732-1715 or email johnkokalj@yahoo.com

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64 ballots cast, 1 invalid ballot.


John Kokalj: 43
Joe Haasch: 55
Alan Bykowski: 39
Joshua Wilde: 39
Michael Bongiorno: 46
Jennie Schaefer: 35
Eric Daun: 41
Aaron Kreil: 48
Brian Merkel: 37

John Kokalj: 30 (3rd)
Eric Daun: 25
Brian Merkel: 22
Alan Bykowski: 22
Aaron Kreil: 26 (4th)
Michael Bongiorno: 39 (1st)
Jennie Schaefer: 15
Joe Haasch: 37 (2nd)
Joshua Wilde: 17

Thank you,

Minh-Hieu Callies
Election Commission Chair

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The following timeline has been developed to run a special election to
fill the remaining 2018 FF Pension Board term of John Barmore.
If any member is interesting in getting more information on what this
commitment would involve, please call or text John at 414-248-5177.
If he gets more than a couple of people interested he will will schedule
an informational meeting in mid February before nomination papers are
The next term would be from January 1st 2019 to December 31st 2023. If
only one member gathers the required signatures (100-150) they will be
seated without an election. Regardless of this special election, the
process will be repeated for the next full term this Fall. The timeline
for the special election is as follows:

January 29th-31st: Notice of special election sent to members.
February 18th: Nomination papers available at Election commission in
City Hall.
March 2nd: Deadline to turn in nomination papers.
March 29th: Ballots mailed to members.
April 27th: Ballots due/Election held.
May 2018: Attend first meeting.

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All Union dues collected for 2017 are tax deductible as no Campaign contributions were made. Any money donated to the campaign fund are not tax deductible even though no Campaign contributions were made. If anyone has any questions they can contact me.

Treasure / secretary

John Kokalj

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new number notice on transfer policy for large scale events.

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Retired Firefighter Robert W. Heinrich, Date of Pension 07/01/1993, passed away on 01/05/2018. Per the family, a private service will take place in Texas.

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Summerfest Tickets are now on sale!!!!

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I was notified of the following retiree death this morning January 12, 2018.

Retired Firefighter
Charles J. Ryterski
Died 12/24/2017
Appointed 07/06/1954
Retired 05/01/1983
DOB 12/07/1930

Funeral services were held on January 3, 2018. The obituary appeared in the Milwaukee Journal December 31, 2017.

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Always lots of questions at tax time. The HELPS program is a mechanism for retired members to be able to make retiree HC expenses pretax, up to $3,000. That puts $750 in your pocket at a 25% taxes
Healthcare Enhancement for Local Public Safety Officers

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Good Morning All; I was notified of the following death this morning.
Retired Firefighter
Ralph E. West
Died 01/06/2018
Appointed 02/12/1973
Retired 04/16/2002
DOB 11/06/1946

There is going to be a change in the publication date of the obituary for Ralph West. It will now appear in the Milwaukee Journal on Wednesday January 31, 2018 with complete details and not in the Sunday February 4, 2018 Milwaukee Journal as given in the original notification. The date of the service remains the same on Wednesday February 7, 2018.

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Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 12 noon until the time of the 2:00 p.m. funeral Mass at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186. The Reverend David Simmons will preside. Full military honors will follow the service in honor of John’s service to his country. Private interment will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the family to be used towards his daughter’s education.

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For our younger ladies and gentleman this is something that retired members are helping bring back. This news letter is giving everyone a little history along with new events coming up. take a look at this pdf it is 19 pages of amazing info.

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Retired Firefighter Allen G. Denninger, Date of Pension 04/18/2002, passed away on 12/22/2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, 01/12/2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to just prior to the services, all at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 8950 Cty J, Woodruff, Wisconsin.

Flags are to be flown as per Department Notice 2014-51 on 01/12/2018.

FF Denninger entered service with the Department on 06/08/1970. May he rest in peace.

Good Morning All: I was notified this morning of the following retiree death by his wife Patricia.

Richard J. Rajchel
Died 12/22/2017
Appointed 11/17/1958
Retired 06/01/1990
DOB 12/28/1932

Contact Information
Patricia Rajchel (Wife)
397 13th Dr.
Nekoosa, WI 54457-8068

Patricia stated that the memorial service for Richard is tomorrow up in Nekoosa at 1PM. There also is no obituary going to be published in the paper.

Good Afternoon All: I was just notified of the following retiree death by his son-in-law Drew Randall.
Wayne H. Blaschke
Died 12/26/2017
Appointed 04/05/1965
Retired 12/24/1994
DOB 08/09/1939

Drew stated the funeral services are still pending, but the service will be in the Milwaukee area. The family is still finalizing service details with the Funeral Home. They hope to have the obituary in this coming Sundays Milwaukee Journal with complete details.

Contact Information
Deanna Blaschke(Wife)
N60 W24681 Lynette Pass
Sussex, WI 53089

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Kristin M. Ciganek
Local Number: L0215
Location: Milwaukee, WI

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Kristin M. Ciganek, IAFF 5th District Local 215, Milwaukee, WI. Sister Ciganek, 47, passed away on December 6, 2017 from colon cancer.

The visitation will take place from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on December 13, 2017 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 3970 North 92nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222; phone 463-8760. The funeral will take place immediately following.

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Attention all MFD members

College Scholarships available:

Hundreds to thousands of dollars can be earned.

If you have kids in high school and are interested in getting money for college, Consider this.

American Legion offers Oratorical contest. This is an annual contest put on by American Legion post. The student gives a short (5-7 min ) speech in front of a panel of judges. The student is given ahead of time, 3 or 4 of the amendments to the constitution, then will be randomly given one to speak about.

The regional contest will be held Jan 13, 2018 at the Greendale post 1100 a.m.

for more details or information,
contact :

Jim Mueller (MFD retired ) American Legion Post 426

ph: 414-254-2201
e-mail fflane@aol.com

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firehouse Decommissioning and Recommissioning for 2018

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**Reminder: MFD Campout will be July 15th-22nd this summer. Contact Steve Fuchs (E21/Blue), Dan Lipski (Bat 7/Blue), or James Ziech (L9/Red) with questions.**

49th Annual MFD Campout
July 15 – 22, 2018

Issue Date


There are many adult/kid/family tournaments scheduled during the week: volleyball, horseshoes, cribbage, Texas Hold ‘em, and corn hole. Additional campground amenities include tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, skate park, pedal carts and fun cycles, Frisbee golf, baseball, mini golf, driving range, shuffleboard, 2 playgrounds a jumping pillow and a 3 acre dog park.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided Wednesday through Saturday and it is all included in the registration price. The big feast is on Saturday night, immediately following the raffle. You don’t want to miss this!
This is one of the best events of the campout! This is how we raise the most money for our selected charities. If your raffle ticket is selected, you have your choice of all raffle prizes (except the firearms – that is its own special raffle! Very popular!)
A glorious bonfire is the center of attention after the raffle and the big feast on Saturday night. Along with the campfire is a slide show of all of the week’s activities.
Nearby attractions
River Bend has access to the Crawfish River. Canoe rentals are available. A Golf course is located just a few miles from River Bend.
Proceeds from the MFD Campout will be donated to a variety of local charities that are near and dear to the MFD!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Dan Lipski – Battalion 7 - blue shift
James Ziech – Ladder 9 – red shift
Steve Fuchs – Engine 21 – blue shift

We hope to see you at River Bend this summer!!! You won’t be disappointed!

Kids Activities all day long!
The campout is full of fun activities for the kids: scavenger hunts, craft projects, team games, nightly movies and organized tournaments such as volleyball, cribbage, fishing, table tennis, kickball and corn hole.

Waterpark and Pond
River Bend has a wonderful 8000 sq./ft. waterpark that includes a kiddie pool, large pool, slides, outdoor whirlpool tub and a rope balance course. The adjacent swimming pond has water toys, many climbing inflatables and a great beach area for playing in the sand. A section of the pond has also been designated for fishing.

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Good afternoon Representative Jacque, Mr. Tobias,

Attached is a letter of support regarding AB 434.  I will be in attendance tomorrow to testify in favor of said legislation.


Dave Seager
Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters

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Assembly Bill 606, Fire and Police Commission changes, has been read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Local Government.

We will be supportive of this legislation as well and be testifying when it is scheduled

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Brian Cox Update

`This update is an appeal to the membership for more donation days. This message is from Brian himself.

It's hard to talk to everyone. Some people are FB people, some call or text, some follow caring bridge, so I'll do my best to update. Today is about a month since my stem cell transplant. I had a PET scan today and saw the doc. Didn't get the news I wanted. The scan showed spots of cancer almost the same as my last scan. So, the high dose chemo and stem cell transplant did not work. At best it kept things in check. So, 4th type of chemo that wasn't successful. On to # 5. Thankfully there's still some options but this is getting pretty old

As you have seen from Brian's update of his treatment he is still going to need some more days donated. He presently has till 9/10 before he runs out of donation days and will be forced to use accrued time off. He is getting close to his maximum allowed time in the donor program of 2080 hours and he is currently allowed (11) additional donation days. If we can find it in our hearts to donate (11)additional days Brian will be at the max allowed donor time. Brian and Shalon appreciate everything we have done for them, including the days already given. Brian is staying positive despite the setbacks he has encountered. There are still treatment options he can pursue and he will continue to battle. Brian also has a blog to post about his progress. You can find that link here.
If you have any questions, please contact me (or Brian - bricox79@gmail.com) .
Thank you

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"Emergency Responders Friday" by CBS 58 Milwaukee

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