Hero Milwaukee Captain to Fly With Thunderbirds MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee Fire Department captain who entered a burning basement to save five people is being rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime trip in the sky. Capt. Brian McNulty said the fire didn't seem out of the ordinary when the call came in back in December 2010. McNulty and his crew from Ladder 12 responded to a home fire near 10th and Mitchell streets. While home fires are never routine, he said there was a sense "things weren't going well."