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Hundreds turn out to honor fallen officers

Published On: May 10 2013 07:28:43 PM CDT
Updated On: May 11 2013 06:12:47 PM CDT


Law enforcement agencies and hundreds of people from across Wisconsin gathered at the Capitol to honor five officers whose names were added to a memorial after they paid the ultimate sacrifice while on duty.

Organizers pulled out all the stops to remember their colleagues Friday afternoon, filling the area with music, squad cars and uniformed officers on horse and foot.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber took to the podium and said the loss of an officer can shake and unnerve the public. Other speakers included Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Names added to the memorial this year included Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy Sergio Aleman, killed in 2012; Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy William Wank and Deputy Frank Heup, both killed in 1915; and Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy George Pazik, killed in 1917.

Jennifer Sebena of Wauwatosa who was killed while on patrol Christmas Eve was the fifth name added to the memorial. Sebena's husband is being held in connection with her death.

"I know if she was here today she would be embarrassed by all the attention and she would apologize for it," Weber said. "She lived as an example that many people after years of life never achieve."

After Sebena's death organizers for a national memorial in Washington, D.C., refused to include her in their tribute saying she was a victim of domestic violence. Wisconsin state leaders and the public fought against it and the organizers changed their minds.

"It's a relief because she truly does belong with all those names," said Weber.

Members of the Wauwatosa Police Department and family will be in Washington, D.C., Monday night to witness the national memorial now holding Sebena's name.

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