Law Enforcement Appreciation Night Celebrated at Miller Park
Tonight is Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Miller Park as we recognize the sacrifice of officers who have fallen in the line of duty and celebrate the commitment of all past and present law enforcement personnel.
We are pleased to welcome our local, county, state and federal law enforcement professionals; and are honored to acknowledge these men and women who keep our communities safe.
A special package was made available where a $5 donation from each ticket sold goes to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. to honor fallen Law Enforcement Officials. Over 750 tickets were sold as part of this effort.
Tonight, in a special pregame ceremony, we also welcomed three of Wisconsin’s finest officers that were injured in the line of duty:
First, Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dale Veto. On March 28, 2008, Deputy Veto laid down spike strips on Highway 151 near Sun Prairie to stop a stolen vehicle driven by a 15-yearold. The offender swerved to miss the spikes and swerved two more times at Deputy Veto until intentionally striking him at 65 MPH. Deputy Veto suffered two crushed legs and a separated shoulder. His doctors weren’t sure if he would ever be able to walk again. After 18 months of rehabilitation began working on desk duty, and more than two years later, on July 5, 2010, Deputy Veto returned to full duty.
Next, Milwaukee Police officer Anthony Wilson, who, along with three other MPD officers, was injured the morning of June 16, 2014, when a stolen car struck a marked police prisoner conveyance van. The officers were conveying a prisoner when their van was struck by the stolen car that ran a red traffic signal; and caused the police van to strike a light pole. Milwaukee Police arrested the three suspects shortly after the crash. Officer Wilson and one of the other officers have since returned to duty. The two other officers are still recovering from injuries.
Finally, Wisconsin State Trooper Justin Hansen. On January 26, 2014, Trooper Hansen was working in a snowstorm. He responded to two single vehicle crashes on Highway 41 near Oshkosh. A third vehicle lost control and slid into the crash scene, trapping Trooper Hansen between two vehicles, crushing both of his legs. Trooper Hansen’s injuries were so severe that doctors had to amputate his right leg below the knee. Trooper Hansen is currently doing rehabilitation therapy and is committed to returning to full duty as a State Trooper.
We thank these brave men and all law enforcement professional and their families that are joining us tonight. We are grateful for your service and sacrifice to the people of Wisconsin and to our nation.
John Shanks, Director of Law Enforcement Relations and Nate Catura, Law Enforcement Ambassador, from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial were also on hand to present a special recognition to George Petropoulos from Harley-Davidson, USA. Each year Harley-Davidson donates a motorcycle to the Memorial Fund that is raffled off, and to date have raised more than $600,000 for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
We had over 30 honor guard presenting colors tonight and State Trooper Justin Hansen, one of the three honored injured officers, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Thank you again to all past and present law enforcement personnel, for your dedication to keeping us safe. Enjoy the game!