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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will join law enforcement, loved ones and members of the local community this week for memorial ceremonies in La Crosse, Milwaukee and Madison in honor of law enforcement officers who have fallen. This week, May 13 through May 19, marks National Police Week.
“The officers who protect our communities, our homes, our families make sacrifices every day to ensure our safety and our freedoms. I commend them for their service, and to the families of those who’ve fallen, I salute your courage and strength enduring the pain of losing a loved one who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports an officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States every 53 hours. Last year, more than 160 officers were killed nationwide, according to the Fund. This month, in Wisconsin we will remember Fond du Lac Officer Craig Birkholz who gave his life in the line of duty in March 2011. We also will recognize the service of Marathon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamison Kampmeyer who died this year while serving as a volunteer firefighter in Abbotsford, and we’ll recall the life of Frederick T. Samp of the Beloit Police Department.
Attorney General Van Hollen will deliver remarks at the following ceremonies:
Coulee Region Police Memorial Event
Today, May 15, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Outside of the La Crosse City Hall
400 La Crosse St.
Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
MacArthur Square, near the courthouse and police administration building
22nd Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Wisconsin State Capitol
Memorial outside of North Hamilton Entrance
The Director of the Training and Standards Bureau at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Tony Barthuly, also will serve as the keynote speaker at Friday’s ceremony in Madison.