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Lt. Wally Leinenger, of the Caledonia Fire Department, explains how the union is raising funds for a memorial in honor of Capt. Robert Smerchek, a firefighter who had a heart attack while on duty in 1973 and died several days later. The department is hoping to raise funds to build a memorial to him.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.