FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - As the nation recognizes National Police Week, the Fond du Lac pauses to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Four names are forever etched into the Fond du Lac Police Memorial. William Prinslow was killed in 1898, Nick Klaske died in the line of duty in 1961, and in the last decade, Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz and Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper were both gunned down in the city limits.
"Whether your loved one was taken from your family three years ago, seven years ago, or 57 years ago we hope you know that their sacrifice will never be forgotten by this very grateful community," said Fond du Lac Police Chief, Bill Lamb and the city's annual police memorial ceremony.
The families of three of the four fallen were joined by members of the Fond du Lac County community to honor the sacrifice of their father, son, and brother. Chief Lamb reassuring the families that the legacy of their hero lives on. He said, "Although your loved ones tour of duty has ended, these law enforcement officers continue on in the service and protection of their respective jurisdictions. And the sacrifices of our fallen serve as part of their motivation to do so."
Remembrances like this mean so much to the families. Dennis Klaske was only six years old when he father was killed. More than 50 years later, he's still moved knowing his father and the others who lost their lives are not forgotten.
According to Klaske, "You gotta talk about it because if you keep it in it doesn't do no good, that's why I like being here."
Because in valor, there is hope.