Fallen officers honored in ceremony at State Capitol

MADISON (WKOW) — Hundreds of officers from across Wisconsin were at the State Capitol Friday to remember two officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.

“Some are here today to pay tribute to someone they served with, someone they are related to, someone they knew, or someone they never met but gave their life protecting and serving their community,” said Chief Clay Schulz of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department.

Milwaukee Officer Charles G. Irvine, Jr. was killed in June when his vehicle crashed while pursuing another vehicle.

Milwaukee Officer Michael J. Michalski was shot and killed in July searching for a suspect wanted on parole.

“Officer Irvine is remembered by his loved ones as a man who is determined, calm and great with people,” said Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers. “Though early in his career, Officer Irvine made a lasting impact on the police and firefighting communities.”

Governor Evers also spoke about Officer Michalski.

“Officer Michalski, a Merit Award and Excellence in Police Service winner, was the epitome of a community police officer,” he said. “A 17-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, he was known by the community for his kindness and respect for all people.”

Governor Evers presented a certificate declaring May 12-18 Police Week throughout Wisconsin.

Attorney General Josh Kaul was also at the event and spoke on the importance of the memorial itself.

“That memorial is a reminder that we must always remember the brave officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and also that their legacies live on,” he said.

Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner was shot and killed serving a search warrant in February. His name will be added to the memorial at next year’s ceremony.

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