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‘A difficult week:’ Memorial funds created to honor Milwaukee DPW worker Bryan Rodriguez

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Bryan Rodriguez

MILWAUKEE -- Two memorial funds were created for Bryan Rodriguez, the Milwaukee Department of Public Works employee that was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver near 17th and Vine Friday, Feb. 8.

One is a GoFundMe account set up by the family. The other fund was set up at Landmark Credit Union under the title, "Bryan Rodriguez Memorial Fund." Donations can also be mailed to 9515 W. National Avenue, West Allis, WI 53277.

Co-workers of Rodriguez, 54, told FOX6 News he was a hard worker and a good friend. Since the incident, two small memorials were put up near the crash scene to pay tribute to Rodriguez.

"It's certainly been a tough week here," said Jeff Polenske, DPW commissioner. "We have an individual who's out there, just doing the good public servant work that we at DPW do on an everyday basis. These are people that are no different from anybody else that's on those streets. People doing their job. They're there for the day, and they're looking forward to going home to their families."

Memorial for DPW worker Bryan Rodriguez, who was struck and killed near 17th and Vine in Milwaukee

Bryan Rodriguez

A vigil for Rodriguez was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 at City Hall.

"He was a hard worker. He started out as a seasonal laborer, but through his hard work, he demonstrated he was somebody we wanted to have," said Polenske. "We really want to step up and make sure that Bryan's family is supported, making sure that we're honoring him."

Funeral arrangements

A visitation for Bryan Rodriguez will be held at Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Avenue in Milwaukee, from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Feb. 16. The visitation will be followed by a noon service and procession to Good Hope Cemetery, 4141 S. 43rd Street in Milwaukee.

Crash involving Milwaukee DPW truck, car near 17th and Vine

Search for suspect

As of Wednesday, Feb. 13, police continued to search for the known suspect in this case, who ran from the scene seconds after the crash. It's unclear exactly what led to the crash, but some of Rodriguez's co-workers said more drivers need to pay attention, especially when they're working on the roads.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact police.

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