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Tonight marks the fifth annual Law Enforcement Night at Miller Park as we welcomed over 1,000 of our local, county, state and federal law enforcement professionals.
This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Museum, currently under construction in Washington, DC. Pre-game festivities began outside the ballpark and featured a display from the Police Unity Tour of Wisconsin and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) Wisconsin Chapter.
During our pregame ceremonies, our nation’s flag was presented by honor guards from law enforcement departments throughout Wisconsin including: Brookfield PD; Caledonia PD; Dodge County SO; Eau Claire Co SO; Eau Claire PD; Fond du Lac PD; Green Bay PD; Jefferson County SO; Kenosha County SO; Menomonee Falls PD; Oak Creek PD; Pleasant Prairie PD; Stoughton PD; Sun Prairie PD; Waukesha County SO; West Allis PD; Winnebago County SO; Milwaukee HOC; and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Our national anthem was led by Jennifer Schaefer from West Allis and was accompanied by a flyover from the Coast Guard Helicopter from Traverse City, piloted by Lieutenant Adam Morehouse, Lieutenant Commander Pablo Smith, Air Crewman Nate Hill and Rescue Swimmer Nick Trimpe.
Officer Mike Klementz from McFarland Police Department threw out a ceremonial first pitch in memory of fallen officer Ryan Copeland.
“We are excited to partner with the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball for this special evening honoring law enforcement. Each year the Milwaukee Brewers staff and ownership has gone above and beyond to support and honor law enforcement” said Craig W. Floyd, President & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together at Miller Park to honor our nation’s law enforcement officers while enjoying a fun night of baseball is a great way to raise awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. I’m thankful to the Brewers for welcoming us each year.
”The Milwaukee Brewers will donate $5 from each law enforcement ticket sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Additionally, each ticket sold for this special package included a Milwaukee Brewers Law Enforcement Challenge Coin.
Tonight we are honored to acknowledge the men and women who keep our communities safe. We thank them, all law enforcement professionals and their families for their service and sacrifice to the people of Wisconsin and to our nation.
Tonight is Law Enforcement 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 to keeping us safe. Before the game, honored three officers, colors were presented by several law enforcement agencies throughout the state, and the national anthem was sung by Menomonee Falls Chief of Police Anna Ruzinski.
Those honored in pregame ceremonies were:
- New London police officer Brody Erickson who went undercover to determine the extent of drug and bullying problems at New London High school. He attended classes, did his homework, and interacted with students. Officer Erickson’s work led to the conviction of two drug dealers and made students at New London High School safer.
- Lake Delton police officer Lucas Killick who responded to a 911 Call that a man had collapsed. Upon arrival, Officer Killick determined that the man was not breathing, took immediate life-saving measures, and the man survived. Officer Killick is also very involved in numerous community projects, including the Cops for Kids program.
- Cudahy police officer Joe Paczocha, who recently retired after serving the citizens of Cudahy for more than 30 years. During his prominent career, Officer Paczocha began a police explorer’s program for young people, a D.A.R.E. Program for Cudahy schools, and received numerous citations for outstanding service.
Trenton Casper, cousin of Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper also threw out a ceremonial first pitch in Trevor’s honor. State Trooper Casper died in the line of duty this year and his parents, Deborah and Kevin, along with his sisters, Lauren and Olivia, are here tonight.
We sold a special ticket package for tonight’s game where $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 and the first 1,000 to purchase the special Law Enforcement Night ticket package received a free Challenge Coin, courtesy of Brewers Community Foundation and law enforcement ambassadors Glen Jones and Nate Catura.
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!