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MADISON - Once a year a special time is set aside for the remembrance of those we cannot thank enough all year long: Wisconsin law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and their families.
In addition to the statewide event at the State Capitol, commemorations are conducted throughout the state.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will speak at the Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2007. The ceremony will be held at Clas Park, adjacent to MacArthur Park at the South end of the Milwaukee County Courthouse: 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee.
On Friday, May 18, 2007, the Attorney General will speak at 12:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the State Capitol, North Hamilton Street corner at the site of the Memorial, in Madison.
This will be the 17th annual ceremony. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial was established by Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. (WLEM) was first formed in 1990 and hosted the first Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda in May,1991. Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. was later incorporated as a non-stock, not for profit organization governed by a Board of Directors.
"The men and women of Wisconsin law enforcement make great sacrifices to ensure the safety and well being of the citizens of Wisconsin -- sometimes the ultimate sacrifice," Van Hollen said. "As Wisconsinites we are all indebted to the services they provide us every day."
The names of four Wisconsin law enforcement officers will be added to the memorial during the ceremony:
Deputies Carl "Cully" Johnson and Fred W. Scott of the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department killed in a shootout with a robber on June 17, 1939.
Deputy Charles Hanson of the Calumet County Sheriff's Department killed in an automobile accident during a pursuit on July 14, 1968.
Deputy Steven Hahn of the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department killed in an automobile accident while transporting a prisoner to Jail on February 16, 2006.
Van Hollen will be joined by fellow speakers Governor James Doyle, and Sheriff Ron Cramer of the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office.
Members of the Rock County and Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office Honor Guards will post guards at the memorial site starting at 5:30 a.m. on Friday. Modeled after the military guards stationed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, two memorial guard members will continually encircle the memorial site from 5:30 a.m. until the memorial ceremony at noon.
Since 1844 over 220 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in Wisconsin.