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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.
Today, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen participated in the annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony held at the foot of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial.
"We gather here today to honor and remember those Wisconsin men and women who died in the line of duty protecting us and our loved ones," said Van Hollen.
The names of three Wisconsin law enforcement officers were added to the memorial during today's ceremony:
Prescott Police Officer Jackie Ryden "For thirty three years, Officer Ryden served the people of Prescott," said Van Hollen. "The impact of an officer in a small town is often immense. Jackie died and lived making a difference."
Kenosha County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Fabiano, Jr. "Deputy Fabiano lived a life of service first the Marines, and then serving the people of Kenosha County," said Van Hollen. "Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth may have said it best'This year, his name will be etched in stone. He'll be etched in our minds forever. He's not gone as long as we still remember him.' We do and we will," said Van Hollen.
Chippewa County Sheriff's Deputy Jason S. Zunker "Deputy Zunker lives in his service and sacrifice," said Van Hollen. "A life and tour just beginning, Deputy Zunker's life exemplifies the promise of service and life itself. Tragically cut short, Jason will be especially remembered here for the sacrifice and service of a young generation of law enforcement professionals dedicated to a lifetime of service to their neighbors."
"Without laws there is no liberty without law enforcement there is no law," said Van Hollen. "We are reminded of men and women chiseled into this memorial who stood for law and order, and who left us in uniform and on the job. We thank them and we remember."
A photograph of today's ceremony can be accessed on our website http://www.doj.state.wi.us/.