GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The Green Bay Police Department pays tribute to a retired boat captain Thursday by dedicating its new safe boat to him.
“Tears, you know, I cried,” said Carla Halvorson, the wife of retired Officer Terry Halvorson. “I did not know they were planning it, but it is incredible.”
Officer Halvorson recently lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, but his legacy will live on for those patrolling the waterways.
“He loved being on that boat,” said Carla. “He was very good at being the captain on it.”
“He was out here every weekend,” said Captain Kevin Warych, Green Bay Police Department. “He was out here and took time away from his family to keep the Green Bay Area, Fox River and the waterways safe.
The police department’s newest safe boat now boasts a plaque in honor of Officer Halvorson’s service to the Green Bay community.
Officer Halvorson’s daughter, Alyssa, unveiled the plaque with her dad’s badge numbers on it and went for a ride. She sat in the front seat, a seat Alyssa’s dad would have loved to share with her.
“He loved family and friends, but most of all, he loved this little girl,” said Carla. “He was so excited when he retired because then he would be able to spend time with his daughter. So he went from one job he loved to another one.”
Carla hopes that love continues to trickle down to her daughter.
“I hope she takes away how much everyone loved her dad,” said Carla. “He loved being on the boat patrol. He absolutely loved it and he loved his job as a police officer.”
Now every time the new safe boat leaves the dock with the badge numbers 165 proudly displayed on the side of the boat, the Marine Unit knows Officer Terry Halvorson is always onboard.
“His legacy lives on in the police department,” said Capt. Warych.
“To just feel the love from the police department and his colleagues, it’s beyond words,” said Carla. I don’t have words to describe it, just blown away.”
The new safe boat will replace an old one, giving the police department a fleet of two.
Because of a government surplus and some financial help from the Department of Natural Resources, the City of Green Bay got the new safe boat for $40,000, instead of its normal cost of more than $200,000.
The boat was previously used by the United States Coast Guard out of Chicago.