UPDATE: Funeral set for Endeavor firefighter killed by passing car

Friends, family remember fallen firefighter as hero
Larry Millard

A volunteer firefighter from Endeavor, Wis. was struck and killed by a passing car while responding to a call on Interstate 39 in Marquette County Friday afternoon, according to a release.

Lawrence Millard, 56, was responding to a car that had crashed into an embankment on the median when he was hit by a driver who officials said did not see the fire truck’s flashing lights.

Friends and loved ones of Millard laid flowers Saturday to honor the fallen volunteer firefighter.

“This is a perfect case in point in where drivers need to obey the Wisconsin law that requires them to slow down or move over when they approach emergency vehicles and if they don’t and don’t pay attention to what’s going on in front of them tragedies like this happen,” said Wisconsin State Patrol  Sgt. Travis Wanless

The 54-year-old Waunakee driver swerved away from the fire truck at the last minute and hit Millard, who was taken in a Med Flight helicopter to the UW Trauma Center in Madison where he later died.

Wanless stressed that people need to move over or slow down when they see emergency vehicles.

Millard started working for the Endeavor/Moundville Fire department in 1981.

The accident remains under investigation. State police have not released the name of the other driver.

Visitation for Millard is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Portage High School. Funeral services are set for 12 p.m. with a procession to Endeavor after the service.