Milwaukee Co. officials work to help family of woman killed in snowstorm

CREATED Dec 10, 2013

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GREENFIELD - This is going to be a difficult Christmas for four children, who lost their mom after a tragedy during this weekend’s snowstorm. The Greenfield Fire Department, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, and Milwaukee Fire Department are raising money to help.


Tuesday was an emotional day for the brother of Tammy Gawlitta. She died over the weekend in a deadly rollover crash. It happened on I-43 near Highway 100.

“I just wanted to express my feelings in how important it is to wear seat belts,” stressed her brother Tim Gorecky. “I think this would’ve been a different circumstance if a seat belt would’ve been in place.”

He also had a lot of gratitude for the first responders who helped.

“With me being part of a fire department, the true thing of a brother and sisterhood, this is it,” noted Gorecki.

The agencies are asking for donations to help make it a special Christmas for the children, who are now without a mother.

“The Greenfield Fire Department and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department learned more about the Gawlitta family,” said Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn. “And being so close to Christmas, we considered helping beyond the scene.”

Two good Samaritans who saw what happened that day lifted Tammy’s vehicle off its side and pushed it upright. They also did CPR on her, but it was too late. Her brother tells TODAY’S TMJ4 they have not yet met the good strangers, but they hope to meet them and say thank-you in person.

Donations are being accepted at all Associated Bank branches for the Tammy Gawlitta Benefit Fund.