Honoring a fallen firefighter

Photo: Green Bay Metro Fire Fighters/Facebook
Photo: Green Bay Metro Fire Fighters/Facebook

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A firefighter who died in the line of duty is being remembered by his community and honored by his brethren.

Oneida volunteer firefighter John Brocker died after responding to a fatal crash Halloween night. Brocker reported feeling ill while setting up a landing zone for a medical helicopter, and was pronounced dead after being transported to a Green Bay hospital.

Green Bay Metro Fire Fighters gave Brocker a “final salute” and documented it on Facebook.

“The Green Bay Metro Fire Fighters want to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Fire Fighter John Brocker and to our Brothers and Sisters at the Town of Oneida Fire Department,” reads the Facebook post. “Our members were honored to give Brother Brocker a final salute as he was escorted through the city to his hometown. ‘Rest Easy Brother, We Will Take It From Here.'”

The Oneida Nation School District released this statement:

“As you are all very aware yesterday, we lost a dedicated member of our school family, Mr. John Brocker. We have set aside tomorrow after school (3:15 p.m.) to come together as a staff/community to offer our collective condolences and support to each other with a tobacco burning behind the school. In times of challenge we reply upon our relationships to lighten the heartfelt feelings and offer our support as members of our learning family. Please join us as we bundle our thoughts and feelings together to extend our support and encouragement. ”

Brocker’s obituary says a visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 6 at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home in Seymour. Hours are 4-8 p.m.

Governor Walker ordered flags around the state to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, Nov. 7.

Click here to view Brocker’s obituary and leave condolences.