Remembering the Fallen

Monday, May 15, 2017

I have been a prosecutor for over 25 years, and in that role I have had the honor of working alongside law enforcement, to help bring safety and security to our fellow Wisconsinites.

Wisconsin’s men and women in law enforcement set out each and every shift to keep our communities safe, and they do so not knowing what they will encounter or what will be asked of them. This bravery alone is nothing short of extraordinary.


Unfortunately, there are some officers who never make it home at the end of their shift. Each year around this time, we recognize National Police Week, in order to honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their communities.


Sadly, in the last 12 months, Wisconsin lost four officers of our own: Town of Salem Police Officer Michael Ventura, Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze, Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, and Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Anthony Borostowski.


I attended the funerals of all four of these brave men, and each time I remembered not just the sacrifice these officers paid, but also the sacrifice made by their family. The family of our law enforcement officers watch their mom or dad, or child, or grandchild, or brother or sister, leave the safety of their home to protect the rest of the community, not knowing what danger their loved one will face.


During National Police Week, as we remember four Wisconsin officers who gave their lives for us, pray for these families, and all law enforcement families, as we thank them for their sacrifice. Also, consider putting up blue lights or blue ribbons outside your home to show your support for our law enforcement, and when you encounter an officer, thank them for their service.


To our Wisconsin law enforcement team – I and everyone at the Wisconsin Department of Justice wishes you many safe shifts ahead, and thanks you and your families for your service. Stay safe.


Watch a special message from Attorney General Brad Schimel for National Police Week 2017.