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Hundreds gather for funeral of fallen Milwaukee DPW worker

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-16 20:31:29-05

MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds gathered Saturday for the funeral of the Milwaukee Public Works employee killed in a hit and run.

It was a time of coming together as family friends and city workers all over the Milwaukee area came to say goodbye to Bryan Rodriguez in a private ceremony.

The procession consisted of Public Works vehicles from the Milwaukee area including Kenosha, Waukesha, Brookfield and many more.

“It’s been really heartwarming to have Milwaukee police department and fire department reach out to us and help us out," said DPW Commissioner Jeff Polenske.

Rodriguez was killed February 8 on 17th and Vine Streets in Milwaukee. Rodriguez was filling a pothole when he was hit by a car. The driver ran away.

In Polenske’s 28 years with DPW, he says he can’t remember another incident this tragic. Even though Polenske says DPW works safely, it will still look at their safety protocols to ensure all workers are as safe as possible.

"We’re all trying to remember the good things about Bryan and obviously the positive memories that he had for his family," said Polenske.

“It’s a shock this is tragic, this sudden death, and now the question is how do you handle a sudden death?" Frank, a family spokesperson said."

Governor Evers ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Saturday to honor Bryan Rodriguez.