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Ceremony honors 48 fallen Northwestern Wisconsin law enforcement officers


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Every 54 hours, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty across the country. A special ceremony Wednesday honored 48 of those officers who have been killed in Northwestern Wisconsin.

"Burnett County investigator Al Albee died at the scene of the shooting. Al would be my first personal friend killed on duty. Unfortunately however, there were more to follow," said Washington County Chief Deputy Mike Richter at the ceremony Wednesday. When hundreds of officers from around the area showed up to Al's funeral, he said "the message sent by the large show of law enforcement seemed to say if you kill one of us, there are hundreds more to step into the fight. Though one of ours has fallen, we will not be defeated."

"Because a large part of our jobs are spent dealing with the dark side of society, being berated and sworn at, we lose sight of how much support exists in our communities," Richter went on to say.

"Thank you for being willing to lay down your life everyday, so that personally I can enjoy being a husband and a dad without constantly looking over my shoulder wondering what's going to happen to my family," said Valleybrook Church Pastor Doug Lebsack

This week is National Police Week. Across the country, more than 19,000 officers have been killed.

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