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Ceremonies Scheduled for Wednesday and Friday
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will join local officials and the residents of Milwaukee Wednesday morning for a ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The annual Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial service is scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm, May 7, at MacArthur Square, located at 749 West State Street in Milwaukee. A procession on Wisconsin Avenue will take place before the formal ceremony.
Attorney General Van Hollen also will deliver remarks on Friday, May 9, in Madison at the 24th annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the memorial site on the State Capitol Grounds (corner of Pinckney and Mifflin Streets) at noon. The procession to the memorial site will begin at Olin-Turville Park at 11:30 am. The names of two officers, Donald Bishop and Bernhardt Brattlie, will be added to the Memorial.
This year, National Police Week is Sunday, May 11, through Saturday, May 17. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports on average an officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States every 58 hours. One hundred officers were killed last year. For more information about the Memorial Fund in Washington, DC, visit its website at http://www.nleomf.org/.
In April of last year, Town of Brookfield Police Officer Donald Bishop suffered a heart attack while responding to a burglary call. This April, Polk County Deputy Sheriff Mike Seversen died from complications from a gunshot wound suffered 23 years ago while on duty. Dane County Traffic Police Officer Bernhardt Brattlie was fatally injured in May of 1936.