Fallen Oneida firefighter honored and remembered during ceremony

A firefighter for the Oneida Fire Department was honored Monday morning during a funeral procession.

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Seymour, Wis. (WBAY) – The life of a fallen volunteer fire fighter with the Oneida fire department was honored today.

John Brocker, 65, died while on duty last week. He was at the scene of a crash when he complained of chest pains. Brocker suffered a heart attack and died at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.

Brocker also worked for the Oneida Nation School System where he was loved dearly for his hard work.

“He liked to hang out at the station with the guys afterwards and muck it up if you will and was big into racing liked speed motorcycles and cars,” said Luke Semrau, Deputy Commander for Honor Guard Green Bay.

Semrau said he did not know Brocker personally but learned some about him as he organized the honor ceremony on Monday morning.

Friends and family said Brocker served his life giving back to others and touched many hearts. They say he was a selfless and kind man.

As a volunteer firefighter with full honor, Brocker was part of an extended family, a brotherhood.

“It spans across volunteer, career, paid on call firefighters; we really all do the same job,” said Semrau.

Brocker was an employee of the Oneida Nation for 22 years and most recently worked at the Turtle School. His friends and colleagues from school said he was a good man who always tried to make others smile.

The Oneida Fire Department said the loss weighs heavy on the department and the community.