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Ceremonies Scheduled for Wednesday and Friday of this Week
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will join the Milwaukee-area community Wednesday at a ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Milwaukee at the south end of the Milwaukee County Courthouse South near Clas Park.
A second event, the 23rd annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Service, is scheduled for noon on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Memorial, located outside of the State Capitol near the North Hamilton entrance. The names of five fallen officers will be added to the Memorial this year, including: Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergio Aleman (2012); Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena (2012); Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy William Wank (1915); Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Heup (1915); and, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy George Pazik (1917).
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports an officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States every 57 hours. According to its website, there are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers currently serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. One hundred and twenty law enforcement officers were killed last year. For more information about the Memorial Fund in Washington, DC, visit its website at http://www.nleomf.org/.
Last year, Wauwatosa officer Jennifer Sebena was shot and killed on Christmas Eve while on duty. Earlier in 2012, Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Sergio Aleman was killed in a traffic crash while on duty on July 31.
During National Police Week every year, the Wisconsin Department of Justice also remembers former Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agent Jay Balchunas, who passed away after being shot on October 29, 2004, while working undercover as part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force in Milwaukee. A memorial scholarship fund exists in Jay’s memory. http://www.jaybalchunas.org
“Those who choose law enforcement as a career willingly risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe. I am proud to honor Officer Sebena, Deputy Aleman and all of the others who have lost their lives serving the public,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
This year, National Police Week is Sunday, May 12, through Saturday, May 18.