Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UPDATE: Jen Sebena to be honored on national memorial wall in Washington D.C.
by Chris Patterson

WAUWATOSA -- The Wisconsin Professional Police Association announced fallen Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2013. The announcement came shortly after 10:00 a.m. on the WPPA's Facebook page.

According to their initial announcement the latest vote by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Board was unanimous. This latest vote was made possible after politicians like Governor Scott Walker, Attorney General JB Van Hollen, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wrote letters to the board asking them to reconsider their initial choice not to include Jen Sebena's name on the wall.

After the board decided not to put Sebena's name on the memorial wall, public and political pressure forced the board to reconsider. They scheduled a second vote on Sebena for 2014, but relented and moved up the voting date to April 3rd.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber released a statement reacting to the boards decision to include Sebena's name on the memorial wall.

"I am very pleased with the decision made today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  I believe the correct decision was made. Jennifer Sebena’s name belongs on the memorial wall in Washington D.C.  Her sacrifice should not be forgotten and will not be forgotten. I thank everyone who has been supportive of our department. I was confident the right decision would ultimately be made. And it was."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also released a statement saying:

“Jennifer Sebena earned the recognition she will receive on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.  Her service to our region, her willingness to face danger, and, ultimately, her violent death are all factors that make her a hero.

I thank the board members of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for thoughtfully reconsidering their decision.  Similarly, the individuals and organizations that joined together in support of Jennifer Sebena’s recognition deserve our gratitude."

Governor Scott Walker commented on the ruling:

“I would like to thank Chairman Floyd and the board for considering our request and making the decision to add Officer Sebena to the memorial wall,” said Governor Walker."