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Update: Funeral service for Everest Metro Officer Jason WeilandSubmitted: 03/29/2017

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SCHOFIELD - Today begins the second and final day of ceremonies for fallen Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland.

People already have begun saying their goodbyes.

Funeral services take place DC Everest High School.

You can find a link to a YouTube stream of the funeral services below.


The Wisconsin Honor Guard and the immediate family of Detective Weiland arrived around 8:30 this morning.

Around 9:00 a.m. the casket arrived with Detective Weiland's body.

Marathon County Sheriff's Office deputies saluted the hearse as they passed it.

Honor Guard officer Sergeant Mark Tushaus says it is important to remember the brotherhood and sisterhood of all police departments.

Tushaus says officers from Minnesota, Oregon, Chicago, New York, and Canada are at today's funeral.

The funeral will start at noon, followed by the police procession at 1:00 this afternoon.

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On Tuesday community members gathered for the visitation of Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland.

Weiland died after he was shot during Wednesday's shooting string that killed four people Wausau area.

Hundreds of people went to pay their respects at the visitation. However, even more people are expected on Wednesday to witness the funeral service and processional.

WJFW spoke with an Honor Guard officer about what the funeral service will entail.

Sergeant Mark Tushaus says the honor guard comes at the family's request.

"We try to bring the ultimate respect and dignity to the fallen officer if he or she made the ultimate sacrifice we want to give them the utmost respect. Not only to them, but to their family and to the grieving or suffering police department as well," said Tushaus.

Tushaus says many traditions go into the funeral service of a fallen officer.

"There is no greater act than to give your life for your community in law enforcement," said Tushaus.

That is why everything is planned meticulously.

"Everything from how we move the casket to how we place flags, how we move the family in, all the different elements. Buglers, firing squad, all these things are all just time-honored elements that you can only get if the officer loses their life in the line of duty," said Tushaus.

Tushaus says working in the Honor Guard is a humbling experience.

"I think I can speak not only for myself but for all officers here whether they're representing their department through an honor guard or not, it's just an honor and a privilege. We feel this is the best thing we can do to take care of our own," said Tushaus.

Tushaus says he is thankful for the hospitality the community has shown to the officers traveling in for the service.

There will be another visitation for Weiland Wednesday starting at 10, and then the funeral service will begin at noon.



Related Weblinks:
YouTube stream of Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland's Funeral

Story By: Dakota Sherek

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