Candlelight vigil honors fallen officers in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS 58) -- Officers from around the country are gathered for National Police Week and 180 of those officers are from the Milwaukee-area.
The Department lost three police officers in the past year.
A candlelight vigil honoring fallen officers took place on Monday evening. The names of every fallen officer from all over the country were read one-by-one.
Officer Charles Irvine and Michael Michalski were among the names read.
It was an emotional few days for the Milwaukee Police Department as they joined hundreds of officers from around the nation in lighting a candle.
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales greets family, friends and MPD members as we prepare for tonight’s candlelight vigil for Officer Charles Irvine Jr and Officer Michael Michalski. pic.twitter.com/BS0ZvTNpxP— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) May 13, 2019
The Department says the fact that so many officers made the trip to D.C. is a testament to how much their fellow officers mean to the department.
"Very emotional. We have families. We have partners. We've got coworkers. We've got supervisors that have all worked with Officer Michalski and Officer Irvine," said Asst. Chief Steven Caballero.
Officer Irvine and Officer Michalski's names will be added to the National Fallen Officer Memorial during a special ceremony on Wednesday.