- This week we honor people who do very difficult work. In honor of National Police Week the City of Wausau held a memorial service today for those who died while serving us.
Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple, and representatives from the police department and Marathon County Sheriff's Office led the ceremony downtown.
Marathon County has lost law enforcement officers while on duty five times in its history.
State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley said there is no freedom without the rule of law.
"The quality of life in this country and in this county depends to a great extent to the way in which the police and law enforcement function is carried out," says Justice Walsh Bradley.
Police Chief Jeffrey Hardel says it's important for different agencies to come together on days like today.
Police deal with situations the public can't deal with. And they have to do it with all of us watching closely.
"This is a unique profession. We all respect each other, we all need each other, we all rely on each other to help us through difficult times because we see things that most people shouldn't see. So it is a very close, tight-knit family," says Chief Jeffrey Hardel.
In 2012, 127 officers were killed nationwide. That's down slightly from the 156 killed the year before.
Story By: Lyndsey Stemm