Lake Mills community comes together to help to Captain Truman's family

Christoper Truman/Photo Credit: Facebook page for City of Lake Mills Fire Department
Christoper Truman/Photo Credit: Facebook page for City of Lake Mills Fire Department(NBC15)
Published: Jan. 2, 2019 at 10:03 PM CST
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Wednesday evening Lake Mills community members gathered at the Lake Mills fire department to help organize and contribute to the funeral services for fallen Captain Chris Truman.

Lake Mills firefighter Dan Bilitz said initially the idea came about in a Facebook group of wives of Lake Mills firefighters who wanted to help Truman's fiance, Amber Turfle. From there, the idea grew into the community coming together to remember one of their own and volunteering to help with funeral arrangements and a meal train.

"It really is about humankind, helping humankind, just like Captain Truman was doing Monday night," said Bilitz.

Captain Chris Truman died New Year's Eve when he was hit by another driver, who was arrested for drunk driving.

Pam Streich, the school administrator for the Lake Mills Area School District, said that Truman was the kind of man everyone knew.

"Chris was my Ace Hardware guy who thought it was ridiculous that I didn't understand anything about fishing," Streich said. "Just always the friendly face that you saw at all the charity events and all the things going on here in town."

"Taking the time to talk to people and helping any way he could. That was Chris," said Bilitz.

The visitations and service are taking place Saturday and Sunday, and community members at the meeting volunteered to provide food and set up so that Truman's fiance and family wouldn't have to worry.

The amount of support the community has shown in the past days is not surprise to Streich.

"They're talking about 800 to feed, so they're talk about thousands for the visitation. I guess I just wouldn't expect anything less," she said.

The visitation on Saturday will take place at Lake Mills High School from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and will feature an emergency service fly-by at 5:00 p.m. In the fly-by, emergency personnel in uniform will walk in a single file line past the casket. On Sunday, visitation will take place at the high school at 2:00 p.m., followed by the service at 3:00 p.m.

Truman's body is also being guarded 24 hours a day by fire fighters, who are taking shifts until the service, according to the Lake Mills fire chief.