“He’s an American hero:" Loved ones remember fallen MPD Officer Michalski one year after his death

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- On Thursday, co-workers, family, and friends of fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Michalski gathered at the lakefront in his memory.

“Never forget Mike Michalski, never forget,” Shawn Lauda, Milwaukee Police Association President, said. “Always remember. Always appreciate what he’s done.”

July 25 marked one year since Officer Michalski was shot and killed in the line of duty while trying to arrest a wanted suspect. 

“I just can’t believe it’s been a year,” Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.

Officer Michalski was 52 years old and left behind a wife and three sons.

“He’s an American hero,” Lauda said. “He gave his life in the protection of others, selflessly.”

Officer Michalski had been with MPD for 17 years and Chief Morales says his legacy will live on within the department.

“We will continue to talk about him throughout the years, especially to our young officers to say this is how we want to police,” Chief Morales said.

Officer Michalski led by example and was deeply rooted in his faith, even saying prayers for those he was apprehending.

“He was a god-fearing person who not only talked the talk, he walked it,” Chief Morales said.

Thursday, a fundraiser at Jen’s Sweet Treats in Cudahy raised money for a scholarship in Officer Michalski’s name.

“Mike and I grew up together,” Jerry Grams said while volunteering at the event. “I can remember he was the first friend I ever had since we were three in Cudahy.”

Fighting back tears, Grams said he’ll always remember Officer Michalski’s smile.

“He was just a really nice guy,” Grams said.

Although Officer Michalski is no longer here, he will always hold a place in many hearts.

“I still believe he’s overseeing our department,” Chief Morales said.

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