Ceremony honors Wisconsin law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – A solemn ceremony was held Wednesday to honor Wisconsin law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Although no officers have died since the last ceremony was held, it was an opportunity to remember those who have sacrificed their lives throughout the years.
It was a time for remembrance as hundred turned out for the annual Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Ceremony held Wednesday at the Miller High Life Theater to remember officers killed in the line of duty.
“Every single day, our fallen brothers and sisters are alive in the memories of us all, sworn and civilian, current and former, active and retired. We remember, we will never forget,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales.
The Milwaukee Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies were joined by Governor Scott Walker and other state leaders to remember the sacrifice made by those in law enforcement.
“I think it’s really important in moments like this not just remember those from the last year, but really going back in time,” said Governor Walker.
A wreath-laying ceremony honored officers killed on duty as long ago as the early 1970s and as recent as last year.
Detective Jason Thomas Weiland and Trooper Anthony Joseph Borostowski of northern Wisconsin were killed months before last year’s ceremony took place.
“We need to be here to reflect on those who we’ve lost in the line of duty and constantly work to learn how to do this better,” said State Attorney General Brad Schimel.
With police departments across the country facing more scrutiny, speakers want attendees to remember the officers who paid with their life to keep their communities safe.
“I don’t tell police chiefs and sheriffs what to do, but we do set training and standards to make sure officers are safe,” said Schimel.
The officers who were killed last year will have their names added to the Wisconsin State Memorial on Friday.