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'Lasting impact:' 4 names added to Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial

'Lasting impact:' 4 names added to Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial

More names were added to the Peace Officers' Memorial at the capitol to symbolize police officers killed in the line of duty, including Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputy William Maxwell who died in 1919. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. The Museum is working to expand and enrich the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through the Museum's educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs.

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Allery was fatally shot by 28-year-old Melvin Gene Delong, of Belcourt, after a pursuit on January 18, 2017. His name is now etched on a wall there with the other Arkansas Peace Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their communities and loved ones.

City police officers and city officials, which included both Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, were in attendance for the 2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Service, held during National Police Week at the Auburn Municipal Courtroom.

These officers are members of Law Enforcement United which is a 100 percent volunteer organization comprised of many Law Enforcement Officers from New Jersey and states as far away as Georgia.

According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, the 93 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty past year represents a 21-percent decrease from the number who died in 2016, when 118 law enforcement officers died in line-of-duty incidents. He added that based on the current pace, the memorial will run out of rooms to carve names on the wall by the year 2050. "I have heard recent stories of police officers, during a typical traffic stop, being challenged on their authority when asking for a license and registration in the hopes that the individuals involved in the stop can be the next social media video hit". Their sacrifices are remembered and their service is honored today, as it should be every day. "And over the past decade, there's been an average of about 150 officers a year that have been killed in the line of duty".

We ask everyone to take a moment to remember the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who work day and night, 365 days a year, to enforce our laws and keep our communities safe.

Wallace's family attended Monday's event.

Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputy William Maxwell was killed in the line of duty in 1919.