THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
HOLD CEREMONY-A ceremony to honor Law Enforcement Officers was held at the Marinette County Court House on Tuesday, May 15 as Honor Guard of police officers from the City of Marinette and Marinette County Sheriff's Department brought in flags of the United States and State of Wisconsin. Bottom photo from left are Lt. Jason Ducane giving opening remarks, Judge James Morrison the keynote speaker and Police Chaplain Archer Luepp said the final prayer.
Local Officials Participate in Law Enforcement Service
Issue Date: May 17, 2018
The Marinette County Sheriff's Department along with the Marinette Police Department held a Law Enforcement Memorial service at the Marinette County Courthouse, Tuesday May 15.
The pledge of allegiance was led by Sheriff Jerry Sauve and welcome remarks were given by Lt. Jason Ducane. Police Chaplain, Matthew DeCleene presented the opening prayer and reflection. Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Marinette County Circuit Court Judge James Morrison. Police Chaplain Archer Luepp, gave the closing reflection. A large crowd of spectators filled the county board room.
In his remarks Judge Morrison stated, "We are here today to honor and more importantly to pay respect to those members of law enforcement who have paid the ultimate price, given their lives in the performance of their duties.
"It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this; but what we say here can never equal what they have done for us.
"Everyday thousands of men and women who serve us as law enforcement officers put on their 45 pounds of gear, their uniform and badge, kiss their loved ones goodbye and they all say a silent prayer that they will return at the end of their shift safe and sound. Regrettably that does not always happen.
"It is very important that we take a few minutes at least one time each year to reflect on the tremendous sacrifice that these officers, their families and their brother and sister officers pay so that we can live safely and securely in the greatest country in the world ever known.
"Last Wednesday, Richard Hale, Deputy Inspector General in the Texas juvenile justice department was killed just north of Decatur, Tex. when his vehicle was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer as he returned from a meeting with prosecutors. He was survived by his wife and eight children.
"On April 11, 2017 State trooper Anthony Borostowski was killed in Sauk County when his patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree. Not only was he a state trooper, but he was also a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
"Ironically and tragically, Trooper Borostowski was in the same recruiting class as trooper Trevor Casper who had direct ties to Marinette County because he was the officer killed on his first day of solo duty as he tried to apprehend the bank robber/murdered from Wausaukee, Wisconsin.
"FBI Special Agent Melissa Morrow died as the result of brain cancer that she developed following her assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the Pentagon following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. she was assigned to FBI Washington Field Office's Evidence Response Team and spent 10 weeks recovering and processing evidence from the site in hazardous and contaminated conditions.
"I point out these deaths both because they are recent and because they are somewhat unusual, on duty traffic deaths, loss of life on a rookies first solo day and death from cancer directly linked years later to 9/11.
"Detective Jason Thomas Weiland of the Everest Police Department gave his life on March 22, 2017 in a gunfire exchange after the tragic multiple fatality shootings in Schofield arising out of a domestic dispute on that day. Detective Weiland was an 18 year veteran and was survived by a wife and two children.
"These are just five of the tragic losses to officers who like so many of their comrades have given their lives for us and for their communities.
"In another sense we need to think today as well about officers who are not called upon to give their lives but rather to make the awesome, often split second, decision to take a life in the performance of their duties. Every officer must be willing, ready and able to use deadly force if there is no alternative and unfortunately sometimes there is no other alternative.
"Two Marinette County Sheriff's deputies and two city of Marinette police officers faced that awesome responsibility a few months ago. They acquitted themselves in every way properly but we need to understand and support the difficulty and extraordinarily sober responsibility which they discharged on that day.
"Today is a day set aside to mourn, honor, and celebrate the courage of officers who literally gave it all. Without in any way diminishing that important purpose, we should also stop for a moment and realize that as momentous as these decision are, as serious as these consequences sometimes must be, every day on thousands of occasions in every corner of this country, law enforcement officers perform heroic deeds, great and small, punctuated with acts of kindness and decency for which they seldom, if ever, receive acknowledgement or credit. It is these kinds of officers who by their conduct honor their fallen comrades."