'Katie, we will take it from here': Middleton community pays tribute to officer who died from cancer

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MIDDLETON, Wis. - The city of Middleton paid its respects to an officer who died last week after a more than two-year battle with cancer. 

Officer Katherine "Katie" Barrios was diagnosed with glioblastoma -- an aggressive, malignant form of brain cancer -- in January 2017. Middleton Police Chief Charles Faulke said she had been "bravely fighting" ever since. 

"She was just amazing," Faulke said. "She was a real inspiration to all of us here at the Police Department." 

Along with being a police officer, Barrios was married and had three children.


"Young kids, and that's just tragic to think about what they went through the last two and a half years and   what her husband went through," Faulke said. "That's what tugs at all of us, the family she leaves  behind."  

At the funeral, dispatch made the end of watch call for Barrios over the radio, saying, "Katie, we will take it from here."

Gov. Tony Evers' office ordered flags to be lowered as a mark of respect for Barrios. 


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