Officer Copeland’s name to be added to WI Law Enforcement Memorial
Come next May, McFarland K9 Officer Ryan Copeland’s name will be added to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial.
“The funeral services on Tuesday will be an opportunity to remember Officer Copeland and his work as a law enforcement officer, and his service there,” said Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Treasurer Brian Willison. “As will the ceremony next May. A place where they can come, look at the names, reflect on it and primarily remember the officer, their service, and their sacrifice.”
Officials said 25-year-old Colleen M. Sutheimer, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, was driving a DNR truck when she crossed the centerline and struck Copeland’s squad car on Country Road N in the town of Albion.
Leading up to Copeland’s funeral, more pictures and memories appeared on the public Webpage remembering the fallen officer and decorated Army veteran, including showing off Copeland’s love of family, his dogs and service to his county.
It has been a difficult year for Wisconsin law enforcement. In March, 21-year-old State Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed trying to stop a bank robbery and murder suspect, becoming the youngest Wisconsin officer ever lost in the line of duty.
Copeland’s name will now appear with Casper’s along with 268 other fallen officers on the memorial in downtown Madison honoring officers killed in the line of duty.
The McFarland Police Department says a memorial fund is also set up to help Copeland’s wife Amanda. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to McFarland State Bank 5990 U.S. Highway 51 McFarland, WI 53558 with checks payable to “In Memory of Officer Ryan Copeland”.