Body of fallen Milwaukee police officer escorted to funeral home

NOW: Body of fallen Milwaukee police officer escorted to funeral home


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The body of fallen Milwaukee officer Michael Michalski is now at a funeral home in Oak Creek after a police procession Friday morning. 

It started at the medical examiner's office in downtown Milwaukee and ended at Heritage Funeral Home in Oak Creek. Dozens of officers lined up to salute and honor their brother in blue.

Police motorcycles led the hearse which was then followed by dozens of squad cars. The silent procession took I-43 down to Oak Creek where it ended and was greeted by several people paying their respects. 

"It's a sad day, tragic one when another officer dies in the line of duty and I live close here and I felt just to come and pay respects to the family and fellow workers, comrades," said Frank Elasquez, a former Milwaukee Police officer. 

The 52-year-old officer was killed in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect in Milwaukee Wednesday. Michalski was a 17-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department joining the force back in February of 2001. He leaves behind a wife and three sons. 

Michalski is the second Milwaukee police officer to die in the line of duty in the past two months. Charles Irvine Jr., 23, died on June 7 in a crash near 76th and Silver Spring. He and another officer were chasing a reckless driving suspect when their squad went off the road and crashed. Irvine had been a member of the department for four years. 

A community vigil is planned for Monday at 6:00 p.m. near the scene of the shooting. 

According to the Milwaukee Police Association, a funeral is being planned for Wednesday, August 1 at Oak Creek Assembly of God in Oak Creek. 

A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a funeral service to immediately follow at 3:00 p.m. 

A GoFundMe account sanctioned by the Milwaukee Police Department and authorized by Michalski's family has been set up. A memorial fund has also been established at Tri-City Bank.
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