Stephen M. Smith

KAUKAUNA — Gov. Tony Evers has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff tomorrow, Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, in honor of firefighter Stephen M. Smith of the Vandenbroek-Kaukauna Fire Department, who lost his life in the line of duty after contracting COVID-19.

“We extend our sincerest sympathies to Steve’s wife and kids, his friends, and his colleagues as they grapple with his tragic loss,” said Gov. Evers in a news release. “To those who knew him, Steve was a good friend and someone who cared deeply about others, and he will be missed by the many whose lives he affected.”

Smith, 54, passed away Monday, Dec. 20 after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. Smith was a dedicated firefighter at Vandenbroek-Kaukauna Fire Department, who will be remembered for his dedication and service to others.

A funeral liturgy will be held at Holy Cross on Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, in Kaukauna. Read the obituary HERE.


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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.