WEST SALEM, Wis. (WXOW) – May 15 marks “National Law Enforcement Memorial Day,” to honor fallen officers.
At Village Park, police officers from West Salem, Onalaska, and La Crosse attended the Thursday morning ceremony to pay tribute to more than 100 officers who died in the line of duty last year across the country.
“They gave the ultimate sacrifice. They sacrificed their lives and not only were they affected, their families were affected and we as law enforcement officers are affected anytime one of our family members are taken in the line of duty,” La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer said.
Tischer said the ceremony is a great tribute to fallen officers and their families, and we can always do more by keeping them in mind.
“This is the danger of our job and men and women take those risks, but it shouldn’t be forgotten because they put their lives on the line everyday. If we don’t take a moment to pause like this, I think everybody moves on with their lives and they tend to forget,” West Salem Police Chief Charles Ashbeck said.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, one officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours in the United States.