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Chippewa Co. Sheriff's Office honors fallen deputy


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - One who won't be forgotten, even a decade later. 

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office spent part of Friday morning outside the courthouse by Deputy Jason Zunker's memorial, honoring the officer who was hit and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic around a car fire in 2008. He was 31.

The incident happened on January 4, 2008. Zunker passed away the following day.

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Zunker was more than a fellow officer, he was a very special person.

"You know, he was an extraordinary individual, very caring," Kowalczyk said. "If you looked up grateful in the dictionary his picture would be next to the word grateful. Kind, understanding, I don't know anyone in the department who ever said a bad word about Jason and the way he conducted himself as a law enforcement officer."

At Friday's service, Kowalcyzk read the statement Zunker wrote when he was first sworn in as a deputy in 2002. The same message is written on his memorial.

As News 18 has reported, Jason's Presents was started to honor Zunker. The program allows law enforcement to buy Christmas presents for lower income children in the Chippewa Valley. 

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