Law enforcement from throughout Kenosha County gathered Wednesday to remember officers killed in the line of duty.
The ceremony at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Kenosha began with the National Anthem sung by Deputy Eric Klinkhammer. The flags held by the color guard made up of various departments including Kenosha Sheriff, Kenosha Police, Parkside, Pleasant Prairie, and Silver Lake. Twin Lakes was represented on the dais.
Sheriff David Beth and Chief John Morrissey reminded people of the hazards that happen on the job and often death comes too quickly following retirement.
Retired Circuit Court Judge Barbara Kluka stepped in for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, delivering her remarks, and a few of her own.
To commemorate the 10th year of honoring the fallen officers at the Law Enforcement Memorial, a new tradition was begun. Streamers with the names of the officers were displayed as the names were read and then attached to their department flag and saluted. A red rose was placed at the base of the memorial.
Roses were also placed to recognize the other Wisconsin officers lost this last year. Kenosha Police Detective Pete Deates placed a rose in remembrance of Lt. Jeffery Kreft of the Village of Twin Lakes Police Department. He died in a traffic accident on his way home from working third shift, May 25, 2013.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman and County Executive Jim Kreuser placed a wreath at the memorial. Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums Association played “Amazing Grace” followed by the rifle salute and Taps.
The names on the memorial are:
Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department
Kenosha Police Department
Gary W. Fraid
Here is a video of some of the sights and sounds from the ceremony: