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J.J. Watt donates $10,000 to family of slain Wisconsin firefighter

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt has donated $10,000 to the family of a Wisconsin firefighter who tragically lost his life recently after being shot while responding to a call.

Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran of the Appleton (Wisc.) Fire Department, was killed by a gunman at a downtown transit center after responding to a medical emergency. A police officer and bystander were also wounded in the incident and the suspected gunman was ultimately killed.

Watt, a native of Waukesha, Wisc., who rose to football stardom with the Wisconsin Badgers, pledged $10,000 to Lundgaard’s family on a GoFundMe page set up in the wake of his death.

Nearly $90,000 of the stated goal of $250,000 has been met.

Firefighting is something near and dear to Watt’s heart as his father was a longtime fireman. Watt also previously made a similar $10,000 donation to the family of Cory Barr, another Wisconsin firefighter who lost his life in an explosion.

Watt’s philanthropic efforts throughout his NFL career are well documented and highlighted by the more than $37 million he raised for residents of the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.