Wisconsin police officer to be honored in memorial

Published On: Apr 03 2013 10:25:44 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 12:02:43 PM CDT
MILWAUKEE (AP) -

A nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., has voted to add the name of a Milwaukee-area police officer to a national memorial honoring officers killed in the line of duty.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund had previously excluded Wauwatosa police Officer Jennifer Sebena. That's because even though the 30-year-old was fatally shot while on duty Dec. 24, the suspect in the shooting is Sebena's husband, which could make her death a case of domestic violence.

But after pressure from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association and others, the group reversed its decision Wednesday.

WPPA spokesman Jim Palmer voted to include Sebena's name on the memorial in the national capital.

Palmer says the final vote was 15 to 0.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement after the votes were tallied:

"I commend the Memorial Fund for making the right decision. I believed from the start there was no intention by the Fund to deprecate Officer Sebena’s sacrifice but rather the initial decision to deny her this honor was an oversight. Officer Sebena is deserving of this and her presence on the memorial will honor her colleagues who have lost their lives and in the line of duty as well as those who continue to put their lives on the line every day."

Van Hollen wrote a letter to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to ask him to include Officer Sebena on the Memorial.