Area police officers honor those who died while in line of duty

Peace Officers' Memorial Day is May 15

Police officers from communities across our area, along with family and community members, came together in West Salem on Thursday morning.

The purpose is to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty.

“We want to remember our fallen officers, we don’t want to forget them and have their sacrifice go in vain,” said West Salem Police Chief Charles Ashbeck.

The event serves not only as a memorial, but as a message of brother and sisterhood between every department.

“Anytime that there’s an officer that gets killed in the line of duty, it’s like taking one of our own in a way from us,” said La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer. “And it doesn’t matter if they’re from West Salem, La Crosse, Onalaska, we’re all one big family and we need to support each other when those tragedies happen.”

At 7 p.m., the La Crosse Police Department will host the 15th annual awards recognition ceremony at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, 1433 Rose Street in La Crosse. The public is invited to attend.

The following individuals will be awarded:

Police week, which began Sunday, is about remembering officers that have lost their lives while in the line of duty.

The following individuals will be awarded:

Brian C. Christenson – Citizen Award of Excellence
Dr. Tom Thompson, DVM – Citizen Award of Excellence
Elijah Goldstein – Citizen Merit Award
Frank Segura – Citizen Merit Award
Gary Jahr – Citizen Merit Award
John Tellier – Citizen Merit Award
Pat Dovenberg – Citizen Merit Award
Officer Nate Poke – Traffic Safety Award
Officer Andrew Tolvstad – Superior Achievement Award
Officer Brooke Privet – Life Preservation Award

All buildings, grounds and military bases will be ordered to fly flags at half-staff on May 15 for Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

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