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Wauwatosa officer honored ahead of national recognition

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena and four other officers were honored Friday at the state capitol after their deaths in the line of duty.

In a ceremony at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial attended by Governor Walker, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, families of the officers, and several hundred law enforcement officers, flowers were placed the memorial for Sebena; and Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies William Wank, Frank X. Heup, George Pazik, and Sergio Aleman. The deaths of the honored officers spanned 1915-2013.

Authorities say Sebena's husband ambushed her and killed her during her police shift on Dec. 24, 2012 in Wauwatosa.

A committee for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial originally rejected Sebena for national recognition, because her on-duty death was the apparent result of domestic violence.

Sebena's peers, Walker, and others successfully urged committee members to reconsider. They noted other, nationally-honored fallen officers had been killed during nearly identical, domestic violence situations.

Sebena's recognition nationally takes place Monday.

Walker says the step to honor Sebena in Washington, D.C. will help bring closure for not only her family, but the law enforcement community.

 

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