Day of mourning after Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy killed in crash

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Day of mourning after Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy killed in crash

By Jay Sorgi & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jul 31, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 1, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Wednesday was set to be a day of mourning as they reflected upon a deputy who died while on duty.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was scheduled to hold a 1:00 p.m. news conference Wednesday morning after a fatal crash involving a sheriff's deputy.

According to the sheriff's office, Deputy Sergio Aleman died in the accident near Winnebago Street.

Moments after the two-vehicle crash, sheriff's deputies frantically worked on one of their own -- performing CPR on the deputy.

The crash led to the closure of I-43 southbound for four hours.

Authorities are not saying how this crash happened.

The deputy was in a sheriff's pickup truck at the time of the accident.  Minutes later, TODAY'S TMJ4 saw first responders move the deputy on a stretcher to a Milwaukee Fire Department paramedic ambulance, then rushed to the Froedtert Hospital.

Deputy Aleman was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The sheriff's vehicle involved is one of those brightly colored pickup trucks that is often used to provide backup for crashes.

It appears that a tow truck is the second vehicle involved in this collision.

Wisconsin's State Patrol's crash reconstruction team is on the scene of the crash.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Inspector Edward Bailey told the media, "On behalf of the 1,200 men and women in the Milwaukee County sheriff's office our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Sheriff Aleman's family."

Sheriff David Clarke was in California for a Homeland Security training seminar.  The department said he was cutting his trip short to return to Milwaukee.

Clarke is scheduled to release more information at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The last Milwaukee County deputies to die in the line of duty were two deputies killed when their helicopter crashed in 2000.