Remembering Capt. Truman: ‘He was more than a great firefighter, he was a great person’

Remembering Capt. Truman: ‘He was more than a great firefighter, he was a great person’

The Lake Mills Fire Department is remembering Capt. Chris Truman as a compassionate and caring person after he was killed New Year’s Eve in a crash on the Beltline.

“He was a firefighter that no matter who needed help, he was always the first person to step forward and provide that assistance,” Capt. Mark Bentheimer said at a news conference Wednesday.

Lake Mills Fire Capt. calls Capt. Truman a firefighter who was “always the first one to step forward and provide that assistance.” The two served together for 13 years. #News3 @WISCTV_News3

— Christina Lorey (@ChristinaLorey) January 2, 2019

Bentheimer said the one word he’d use to describe Truman was compassionate, and that he was an amazing friend and community member.

“It’s going to create a huge void for the department and in the lives of numerous people in the community,” Bentheimer said.

“Chris did whatever a trained first responder would do. The only difference is, instead of wearing his red helmet, he was probably wearing a baseball hat. He died doing what he loved to do: and that was helping somebody.” @WISCTV_News3 #News3ThisMorning

— Christina Lorey (@ChristinaLorey) January 2, 2019

Truman stopped to help at the scene of the crash on the Beltline in Monona Monday and was struck before officials arrived. The crash happened on the eastbound lanes of Highway 12 just before 7 p.m.

Truman was a firefighter in Lake Mills for 13 years. He has a long-term girlfriend and three adult children.

“He was more than a firefighter. He was a great firefighter, but he was a great person,” former fire Chief Rick Heinz said.

“He cared about everybody: from the newest guy to the oldest guy.” #News3ThisMorning @WISCTV_News3

— Christina Lorey (@ChristinaLorey) January 2, 2019

On Tuesday night, the Lake Mills Fire Department posted a note from the family of the woman who Truman stopped to help on the Beltline.

“My heart is in so much pain for all of you. He is my hero. Please let his wife/family know he is forever our angel. I’m just so very sorry,” the note said.

Police said they have arrested Samuel Patrick Cremers, 28, of Columbus on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

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