Milwaukee memorial ceremony for fallen officers
Jon Byman with Jay Sorgi
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MILWAUKEE - People gathered south of the Milwaukee County Courthouse this afternoon to remember members of the law enforcement community who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki says memorials like today's are important for the men and women who know there's always a chance they may not come home after their shift.
"We will never, never forget what they have done for us," Trawicki told 620WTMJ's Jon Byman.
Several officers have died recently in the line of duty in our area, including Town of Brookfield Police Officer Don Bishop. He suffered a heart attack while on duty.
In Madison on Friday, the state will add the names of five more officers to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial.
Deputy Wesley Boone was Sergio Aleman's partner. He took the podium, speaking for the fallen deputy's family.
"I know he's looking down on us right now, and I know he's saying his prayer, hoping that , at the end of the day, we'll all go home safe," he explained.
The officers include Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer L. Sebena, who was shot to death on Christmas Eve.
Four Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputies will also be added.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn comforted the families of fallen officers.
"If their deaths have any meaning, it is that the values of our profession--honor and integrity, courage and confidence, restraint, respect for the rights of others--are worthy and worthy of our sacrifice," he told the crowd.
William Wank was shot in 1915 while chasing two fugitives in a train yard. Frank Heup died after his motorcycle crashed into a buggy in 1915 during a pursuit.
George Pazik died after his motorcycle crashed into a streetcar in 1917 during another pursuit, and Sergio Aleman crashed into a wrecker on Interstate 43 last year.