Ceremony honors 266 fallen officers in Wisconsin

Ceremony honors 266 fallen officers in Wisconsin

Law enforcement officers from across the state gathered at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial on Friday to honor fallen officers.

The ceremony has been held for 25 consecutive years, the last 17 have been held at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, which is located outside of the state Capital.

The memorial is engraved with the names of 266 law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  This year, the name of Polk County Deputy Sheriff Michael Seversen was added to the memorial.  Deputy Seversen was wounded by a suspect on April 19, 1991, in neighboring Burnett County.  Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Allen Albee was shot and killed during the same encounter.  Severson was wounded in his spinal cord.  It left him paralyzed from the neck down.  On April 14, 2014, he died from the injuries he suffered 23 years earlier.

At Friday’s ceremony, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel honored the fallen officers and those who put their lives on the line every day.

“We honor their selfless service.  Their memory lives on, not just on this date and this ceremony but every day when every officer begins their watch, standing on the thin blue line that keeps our families safe,” said Schimel.

In advance of next year’s ceremony, the name of Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper will be added to the memorial.  Trooper Casper was shot and killed in Fond du Lac on March 24 when he stopped a suspected bank robber.