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Two fallen Milwaukee-area officers honored at national memorial

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Two fallen Milwaukee-area officers honored at national memorial

CREATED May. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 14, 2013

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WASHINGTON - A special tribute was held Monday night in Washington. D.C. for two fallen officers from Wisconsin who lost their lives on the job. 

A crowd of as many as 20,000 people were expected in Judiciary Square for the event. Each fallen officer who will be added to the wall this year will have their name read. Among them are Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy Sergio Aleman and Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena.

Aleman was killed when his squad crashed on I-43 downtown. Adding Sebena’s name on the national memorial proved controversial. Sebena’s husband is accused of taking her life while she took a break during her shift on Christmas Eve, 2012.

An outpouring of support came from across the state and across the country to ensure Sebena’s name would be added this year to the 19,000 other names on these walls. A spokesperson said that support helped sway the minds of the committee that oversees this national law enforcement memorial.