Wis. Fire/EMS Chief Dies After Responding to Call

Brooklyn Fire and EMS Protection District Chief Phil Mortensen died Saturday afternoon after responding to a call.

Mortensen, 67, had been a member of the department for 42 years and its chief for the past 38 years.

He was also a lifetime resident of Brooklyn and owner of Mortensen Auto in the village of Brooklyn, Wis. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Brooklyn EMS which provides emergency medical care to residents in the surrounding area.

Since he died within 24 hours of an emergency response, he will be considered a Hometown Hero.

The department’s news release did not say the cause of death, but some news agencies are saying it was cardiac related.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the home at 11 a.m. Visitations will be from 10 until the time of the service on Saturday and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.