Law Enforcement Death Response Team



Law Enforcement Death Response (LEDR) Team


Would you know where to turn if your agency were to ever experience the loss of an officer whether it be a line-of-duty death, suicide or medical emergency off duty? In the state of Wisconsin the Law Enforcement Death Response (LEDR) Team is a great resource available to all agencies. The LEDR Team is trained to assist with all details of a death of a law enforcement officer regardless of the circumstances. This includes:


• Death Notification

• Critical Incident Debriefings

• Peer Counseling

• Funeral Service Preparations

• Public Safety Officer Benefits (PSOB)

• Family Support

• Media Coordination

• Agency logistics


There are PSOB benefits that someone may be eligible for under the Hometown Heroes Survivors Act. When an officer dies within 24 hours of a shift from a heart attack or stroke, this could be considered a line-of-duty death and there is potential that benefits would be provided. If your agency experiences a circumstance like this, please reach out to the team and they will work with your agency to see if the officer's survivors might qualify for these benefits. LEDR also works in collaboration with Wisconsin Concerns of Police Survivors, Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Board, Wisconsin Honor Guard Association, and others. LEDR is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To reach the LEDR team during the time of an officer death, please call the Wisconsin Department of Justice TIME System Control Center (TSCC) 608-266-7633. If you have general questions regarding the LEDR team you can email


The LEDR Team is made up of volunteers from across the state who are current and former law enforcment members, licensed social workers with experience in law enforcement treatment and care, and trainers and professionals passionate about caring for our caregivers. We also have members on the team who are members of Wisconsin Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), the Wisconsin Honor Guard Association, and the Wisconsin Law Enforcment Memorial Board.


Law Enforcment Death Response Team Facebook Page - follow for updates on officer deaths in Wisconsin





Todd Thomas, Chief of Police, Appleton Police Department
Melissa Wiesner, Detective Lieutenant, Two Rivers Police Department
Kristy De Blaey, Lieutenant, Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department
Randy Wiessinger, Retired Deputy, Dane County Sheriff's Department
Dan Clark, Chief Deputy, Bayfield County Sheriff's Office
Sara Phelan, Training Officer, Wisconsin Department of Justice
Mark Horstmann, Lieutenant, Verona Police Department
Chris Prochut, Retired Law Enforcement
Cory Brandl, Investigator, La Crosse Police Department
Anne Schwartz, Media Specialist
Gary Wisbrocker, Retired Officer & WPPA Rep
Tresa Martinez, EAP Director, City of Madison
Additional Resources:
Harold Weinke, Retired Deputy, Sauk County Sheriff's Department
Brian Willison, Retired Deputy, Dane County Sheriff's Department
Ben Allen, Lieutenant, Green Bay Police Department





LEDR Brochure


Sample Line-of-Duty Death Policy


Sample Sworn Employee Death Packet


Sample Honor Guard Policy


Sample Employee Handbook - Officer Involved Critical Incident


Line-of-Duty Death Administator Checklist


A Line-of-Duty Death - The First 45 Minutes Presentation


Hometown Heroes Guide


Agency Prepardness Assessment


Self/Family Prepardness Assessment



Additional Online Resources:


Wisconsin Concerns of Police Survivors


Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial


Wisconsin Honor Guard Association


Federal Public Safety Officer Benefits


National Concerns of Police Survivors


National Law Enforcement Memorial


Officer Down Memorial Page