National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 36
Year of Death: 2019

Mitchell F. Lundgaard

Mitch was a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department when he tragically lost his life in the line of duty. It started as a routine medical call at the city’s transit center, when a man who had been revived after a drug overdose opened fire on police officers and firefighters who had just saved his life. Mitch died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

While Mitch had a passion for serving and helping those in need, his family was the most important thing in his life, and it was obvious to everyone who knew him. He was a loving son and brother. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Lindsey, for 12 years. His love for Lindsey was demonstrated daily, and they were best friends. He was a devoted and amazing father to his three sons, Evan, Logan, and Ryan, who were nine, seven, and four at the time of his death. He loved spending time with his boys. On his days off, he was home with the boys and loved having that time with them when they were young. As they got older, he enjoyed coaching and watching his boys play in their many sports. He loved taking his family to Disney World every year, and we think he even had more fun than the boys!

Being in good shape was important to Mitch. He spent a lot of time running and exercising. Right before he went on his last call, he convinced the guys at the station to try to do 100 Man-Makers (Cross Fit exercise). They had completed 50 when the call came in. They are now referred to as “Mitch-Makers” within the department and with many people in the Appleton area.

In his free time, he loved to golf and watch Packer or Brewer games. Sunday afternoons at Lambeau Field was one of his favorite places to be! Go Pack Go!

During his career, Mitch spent eight years as a firefighter/inspector before returning to the line in January 2019 as a relief driver. He completed several trainings at the National Fire Academy for fire investigation and was a Certified Fire Investigation (CFI) Technician with the International Association of Arson Investigators. He was an active member of the Wisconsin Search and Rescue Task Force. Mitch held an associate degree in fire protection and was two classes away from earning a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency response management from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Mitch was strong and confident in his career and built many great friendships and bonds with his AFD brothers. He was posthumously promoted to driver/engineer.

Mitch is missed every single day by his family, the fire department, and his friends. His legacy will live on forever within the community of Appleton.


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  1. While I never met FF Lundgaard, he and his family – along with his brothers and sisters on the Appleton Fire Dept., are in my thoughts and prayers this weekend, as the NFFF Honors him. He will not be forgotten. ♥️

    Stephanie Borkin
    Wife of Lt. Rick Borkin
    Thiensville, WI
    LODD: 12.8.08

    – Stephanie Borkin
  2. This firefighter’s story touched my heart. He was one of the great ones, it seems. Great professional, great family man, great colleague, and a great friend. May his soul Rest In Peace, and may his wife and children be blessed throughout life.

    – Sherry Sherrill
  3. I never met Firefighter Lundgaard, but I value and respect all people who so selfishly give of themselves without hesitation. What a waste of an amazing hero. ‍ He is deeply missed but is a tremendous Guardian Angel to his family and friends. May he always be remembered for the amazing man he was!❤️

    Gigi Wagner
  4. God bless you sir, thank you for your service and sacrifice, Thank you for your brave spirit and for helping those who needed help, thank you for being a courageous person who served in the front lines no matter the danger. May Your Soul Rest In Peace. God Bless

    – Dave
  5. Hi!

    I do not know Mr. Lundgaard, but I want to pay my respect to this awesome firefighter who gave his live to protect others.

    – Jeroen Kats
  6. I came here after seeing the video, reading a comment, and learning of this man’s passing and ultimate sacrifice.
    To lose your life to a person whose life you just saved is possible the most tragic and inexplicable way for a person to pass.
    But Mitch is a hero in the truest and deepest sense of the word and if we all had a tenth of the courage and love he did, this world would be a much better place.
    Mitch Lundgaard, RIP.

    – Matt
  7. “The key to immortality is to live a life worth remembering” ~ Rest in heavenly glory Mitch, you will never be forgotten dear Sir – Riccardo Verdeccia.

    – Riccardo Verdeccia
  8. I saw the story on YouTube and he was very good at his job I have been in the medical field for over 10 years now started at 21. I know how it feels to really want to help someone in need, my heart goes out to him his family and everyone medical profession and officers who endured this situation S.I.P.

    – Unique Harris
  9. I have seen what happened to Mr. Mitch. I hope he rests in peace and I pray for the family. Good work soldier.

    – Isaac
  10. God Bless you, Mitch. May your boys and wife feel your presence each and every moment of everyday. May they KNOW that you would want them to LIVE life to the fullest….to not be sad….or down…. but to LIVE. To the family…. I know you all love him to this day. Make him happy and live your life to its FULLEST potential. I can’t even imagine how hard it has been. You have people you don’t even know praying for you. To his sons…. boys, heads up! Your dad is ROOTING for you to be all that he knows you can be. HE IS WITH YOU….ALWAYS. Now go on, AND BE GREAT. YOU HAVE THE GREATNESS OF YOUR DAD IN YOUR VEINS! Always remember to honor God. He’s with Him now and you WILL see your dad again one day. 🙏 Sending love and light, Always.

    – Thomas Daniel Sharpe
  11. I am a Turk. I have a lot of respect for American policemen, the same for Mitch. I was really deeply saddened to learn that he was a firefighter and his mission was just to save people. The video about Mitch is completely heartbreaking. You can see in his face that he was a good person. My condolences to his children and his wife, he’s a real hero.

    – Aytekin
  12. I am heartbroken reading this and watching the tragic video of your dear Mitch. I am so sorry. You will always be in my prayers.

    – Jeanne Snow