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Funeral held for firefighter who died responding to crash

Fire trucks line the street outside Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour Nov. 7, 2016, during a funeral for Town of Oneida firefighter John C. Brocker. (WLUK/Jerry Van Handel)

SEYMOUR (WLUK) -- Friends and family paid their final respects Monday to a firefighter who died while working at the scene of a fatal crash.

John C. Brocker, 65, died Oct. 31 after falling ill at the scene of a crash on Bain Road in the Town of Oneida. The driver of an SUV carrying five teens had lost control, and the vehicle rolled over and hit a power pole. A 13-year-old boy, Braxton Kasee, was killed in the crash.

The U.S. Fire Administration says Brocker died of a heart attack, despite receiving medical attention at the scene. The Oneida Fire Dept. considers Brocker's death to have been in the line of duty.

Brocker's funeral was held Monday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour.

According to his obituary, Brocker served on the Town of Oneida Fire Department for 14 years as a firefighter and fire inspector. He was also an employee of the Oneida Nation for 22 years, most recently doing maintenance work and serving as a building supervisor at the Turtle School.

By order of Gov. Scott Walker, flags across Wisconsin were lowered to half-staff Monday in Brocker's honor.

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