Family on late firefighter: He is forever our angel

LAKE MILLS, Wis. (WBAY) - The family of a a woman rescued by a Wisconsin firefighter who was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver has released a statement.

Capt. Chris Truman (Lake Mills Fire Department/Facebook)

During the New Year's Eve snow storm, Lake Mills Fire Captain Chris Truman, 46, was hit and killed on the Beltline near Monona Drive. He was attempting to help another driver who had lost control of her vehicle.

Another driver, identified as Samuel Cremers, struck and killed Truman. Police say Cremers stayed at the scene. Our partner station WMTV reports that Cremers is being held on charges of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide intoxicated use of a vehicle.

The family of the woman has released a statement saying Capt. Truman saved their daughter's life.

“I know that all of you are grieving. I don’t know if this will help but your captain saved my daughter’s life last night. My daughter had lost control of the car and skidded. She got out of her car and was afraid and overwhelmed. He saw her and pulled behind her with his lights on. He came out of his car and told her to get back into her car. He pulled the bumper that was hanging off and then went to her window and told her he would follow her off the Beltline to safety. It was at this point that the driver hit him. 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.”

Truman served in the Lake Mills Fire Department for 13 years.