Members of the community paused Wednesday to remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty. It was the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day.
A Presidential Proclamation tells communities to honor all local, state, and federal officers killed or injured while serving.
The event at the Onalaska Police Station included speeches, a 21 gun salute, and the playing of Taps.
A number of students were in attendance as well.
Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic says the students are a good reminder of why law enforcement risks their lives to do this job. "It is a dangerous job that we do, and we're doing it for them, we're here to protect them from evil, we're here to protect good, and they're as good as it gets," said Chief Trotnic.
12 officers and civilians were also honored at a different ceremony Wednesday night for making our community a better place to live.