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Fallen Officers Honored at FVTC Cadet Graduation


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Fallen Officers Honored at FVTC Cadet Graduation

By Kasey Hott. CREATED Apr 12, 2013

APPLETON - A graduation ceremony at Fox Valley Technical College honored three officers killed in the line of duty.

The goal is to remind the newest Law Enforcement Academy graduates about those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The 26 cadets from all throughout the state are now ready for their new jobs in law enforcement. During Friday's ceremony in Appleton, each of the cadets was reminded about the duty that comes with being an officer.

"They're up to the challenge. They're willing to make that sacrifice on a daily basis, to serve their communities -- to make sure that they are there to protect them and do the job that they're trained to do," said Law Enforcement Recruitment Director Mark Kohl.

The ceremony honored Gerald Mork, Todd Stamper and Craig Birkholz, three FVTC grads who were killed in the line of duty.

"I think it's not only important to honor them, but to remind these recruits that what they're doing is very serious. It may be something they very much look forward to and enjoy, but they can't forget their training," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who was on hand for the ceremony.

James Stevenson, who has been with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department for ten years, received the Craig Birkholz Award in honor of a Fond du Lac police officer who lost his life in 2011.

"I was honored. It touched me," he said.

The 26 cadets will go on to serve in communities all throughout the state.