2017 Kenosha County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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The 2017 Kenosha County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony was held Wednesday in Kenosha.

The Kenosha Law Enforcement Memorial is held annually to honor law enforcement officers from the Kenosha area who have died in the line of duty as well as officers from across the nation who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The memorial is located between the Kenosha Public Museum and Kenosha Civil War Museum.

This year’s ceremony included recognition of Salem Public Safety Officer Michael Josua Ventura, who died in a crash in a public safety vehicle in Salem last summer.

David Shortess, the former Public Safety director, delivered remarks about Ventura as part of the ceremony. He also presented a memorial from the American Police Hall of Fame to Officer Ventura’s widow, Maggie.

Shortess praised Ventura as dedicated to his role as a water patrol officer for Salem.

“When I hired Josh, he demonstrated he was a man of not only large physical stature but that his heart, personality and spirit were largely responsible for his successes in life,” Shortess said.

Here is video of Shortess’ remarks:

Other parts of the ceremony included remarks by Sheriff David Beth, state Attorney General Brad Schimel, playing of Amazing Grace by Kenosha Area Pipes and Drum Association and a laying of a flower at the memorial for each name memorialized on it.

Here is more video from the ceremony:

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