Hundreds of loved ones, community members and friends packed into Lake Mills High School Saturday evening to honor a man who was a protector, firefighter, and hero, Captain Chris Truman.
Lake Mills Police Chief Mick Selck was a dear friend of Captain Truman, he said he was honored to have known him -- but tonight he is grieving.
"I have a hole in my heart right now. Not only for myself but for loved ones and this community," said Selck.
Captain Truman worked for Lake Mills Fire Department for 13 years. His older brother, Rollien Brown, said he was proud of the man Chris had become.
"He was the best man in the world. He would do anything for you and give you the shirt off his back. That’s what he did. That was his nature. He loved everybody and you couldn’t ask for a better person behind you," said Brown.
Those who knew Captain Truman best said he loved his family, fishing and the fire department.
"He always made you smile, made you giggle and do goofy things to make you feel comfortable," said Brown.
Timothy Nelson traveled from Oak Creek to Lake Mills to hold an American flag in honor of the hero, he didn't know the family but it was his way to pay his respect.
"It’s just to show the first responders and first responders that are here that people care about them. They are not alone," said Nelson.
Captain Truman's body is being guarded by firefighters 24 hours until tomorrow's funeral service.