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UW police officers to attend slain officer's Boston service


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two UW-Madison police officers left Monday for Boston, to be part of the memorial service for a fellow campus officer killed in a confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Between them, UW-Madison officer Juan Avila and detective Peter Grimyser have served on more than a dozen honor guards. Avila says attending Wednesday's memorial for 26-year old MIT officer Sean Collier feels very personal.

"He's about my age, and to think about what can happen on a daily basis , on any campus, any university, any city, it's extremely sad," Avila says.

The  trip to Boston for Avila and Grimyser in a police SUV will be about eighteen hours.

The officers say they are unsure whether they will join several thousand other officers and process as an honor guard at MIT's Briggs Field, or whether their role will be as attendees. Avila says their presence will be meaningful. "Going to honor the family, and the officer killed in the line-of-duty. Just an honor," Avila says.

Vice President Joe Biden will attend Officer Collier's memorial service.


 MADISON (WKOW) -- Two UW-Madison police officers left Monday for Boston to attend a memorial service for the M.I.T. officer who was shot and killed last week after encountering the Boston Marathon bomb suspects.

UW-Madison police officer Juan Avila says he's close in age to the victim, 26-year old M.I.T. officer Sean Collier, and relates to the danger campus officers potentially face every time they don a uniform.

Avila and detective Peter Grimyser tell 27 News they have served on close to a dozen police honor guards in the past two years. They say it was important to honor Collier's service and his sacrifice in the line-of-duty. The officers are driving an estimated eighteen hours in a police vehicle to be present for Collier's Wednesday service.

For more on the presence of university personnel in Boston to honor victims, visit www.wkow.com and watch 27 News at 5 and 6 p.m.


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