Plaque honors fallen MPD Officer Charles Irvine Jr.

NOW: Plaque honors fallen MPD Officer Charles Irvine Jr.

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Today marks one year since the death of Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr.

The department honored him by placing a plaque at the 76th Street bridge where he was killed. "A year ago today, Charles Irvine lost his life pushing the mission forward," said Chief Alfonso Morales.

The 23-year-old tragically lost his life during a police chase when his squad car crashed into the bridge.

Officers gathered at the site to remember his sacrifice. "This spot will forever be a reminder for us at District 4 to continue and honor his legacy and what he meant to policing and to us," said Heather Wurth, MPD captain.

The plaque depicts Irvine in his police uniform. It reads, ‘In loving memory,’ followed by his name.

Officials said it was only fitting to honor him. “He gave up his life protecting everyone who is here today,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.

Alderman Cavalier Johnson also shared some kinds words. “He took the time to befriend a young man from this community...That tells you the caliber of the man, the caliber of the officer, the caliber of public servant Officer Irvine was.” 

Irvine’s death left many of his fellow officers grieving, but they said it also brought them much closer.

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