(Juneau) Local police officers gathered at the county Administration building in Juneau Wednesday for the annual Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Memorial Service. The ceremony pays tribute to the officers who have lost their lives in or are from Dodge County.
Town of Beaver Dam Police Chief Brian Drumm read from a letter written by a San Diego police lieutenant in 1981 meant to help his officers cope with the murders of two of their brothers in arms. The letter states that it is impossible to race cars without crashes, to dig mines without cave-ins and send officers out into the violent streets of our society without violent deaths. Drumm says those who work in law enforcement are undoubtedly some of the bravest professionals in the world.
This year’s keynote speaker was former Dodge County Sheriff Ted Meekma. He says his daily prayer for those who work in public safety is that God will always be with them and watch over them. Meekma began his career in law enforcement in 1964 and was elected sheriff in 1976. Ten years later he was appointed by then Governor Tommy Thompson as executive director of the Wisconsin council on criminal justice.
During the memorials closing, Pastor Paul Schupmann from Saint John’s Church in Juneau provided a prayer for the officers in attendance. Twelve officers, dating back to the 1880’s, were honored at the ceremony.