Eau Claire (WQOW) - A somber tribute was held in Eau Claire on Wednesday, honoring fallen law enforcement officers from northwestern Wisconsin.
Police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers from across the region gathered to pay their respects to the comrades they've lost, including trooper Anthony Borostowski and detective Jason Weiland of Wisconsin. Both were killed on the job in the spring of 2017.
They said in 2016, 135 officers from around the country died in the line of duty. Though they may be gone, their friends said they'll never be forgotten.
"As you get longer in this career, the challenge is you know more people that are killed in the line of duty. I've been to a lot of police funerals and it's something that every year gets harder and harder," said Police Chief Gerald Staniszewski of the Eau Claire Police Department. "It's important to remember and be a part of that process every year so that we can be there and support each other."
Chief Staniszewski said at the annual event, officers also discuss best training practices and ways to prevent future deaths in the line of duty.
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