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Det. Weiland to be honored in Washington D.C., local law enforcement raise money to send officersSubmitted: 01/02/2018
Story By Allie Herrera

Det. Weiland to be honored in Washington D.C., local law enforcement raise money to send officers
MARATHON COUNTY - The name Jason Weiland will forever be etched in the heart of Marathon County. 

Last year on March 22, Detective Jason Weiland and three other community members were killed during a shooting spree in the Wausau area. 

Now, Weiland's family is hoping a permanent memorial will help his legacy live on. 


"I've been to the memorial with Jason," said Kara Weiland, Jason's wife. 

Kara remembers her and Jason's trip to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

"It's just a somber place of just reflecting and remembering those we've lost," said Kara. 

They took the trip in 2015. Now, she's preparing to go again. 
 
"For him to be there with all of the other officers is a good resting place for him," said Kara. 

Side by side, names of fallen officers are etched on the memorial. It features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. The names of more than 21,000 officers who were killed in the line of duty throughout the United States are listed. 

People who worked with Weiland say it's a bitter sweet moment to see his name on that wall. 

"I would consider [him] a fallen family member [and] our friend who died giving his life for this community along with the others," said Detective Sergeant Dan Goff with the Everest Metro Police Department. 

The law enforcement community in Marathon County is now raising money to send officers to the memorial in Washington D.C. during National Police Week. That's when Weiland's name will be permanently etched into stone. 

"We all come together as one and work together so we thought what a great idea to, in this instance, to honor Jason. Now, we're all getting back together again for maybe even a better cause," said Detective Shane Heilmann. 

It's a cause that's brought this community even closer together and one they know Weiland is looking down on. 

"We added up all of the numbers that we knew at the time and dividing those up between all of the officers and families that want to go and the actual cost if you can believe it came out to $1,274.50," said Heilman. 

Those four numbers are the same numbers as Jason's badge number. 

His life will never be forgotten in the eyes of Kara and Jason's brothers in blue and now he'll live on permanently in Washington D.C. 

Captain Robert Dickerson of the Everest Metro Police Department told Newswatch 12 he knows all their officers wish to go, but he adds it's not that simple. 

"Approximately half of the department might be able to go because we still have to maintain our minimum shifts to cover calls for service [and] be proactive in the community."

Anyone interesting in donating can contact Detective Shane Heilmann at the Everest Metro Police Department. That number is 715-359-4202.


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