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2 names added to state Law Enforcement Memorial

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As the states holds its annual dedication to fallen officers, one local deputy is getting some long overdue recognition for his sacrifices.

Law enforcement officers from all over Wisconsin gathered on the Capitol Square Friday afternoon for the annual Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. Two fallen officers' names were added to the list of 265 Wisconsin officers killed in the line of duty, dating back to 1844.

The tribute began with a massive procession of squad cars through Madison, followed by an honor guard salute and a laying of the memorial wreath.

Town of Brookfield Officer Donald Bishop, 32, was added. He died of a heart attack while responding to a burglary last April.

After 78 years, Bernhardt Brattlie's name was also added to the memorial. The Dane County sheriff's deputy was killed on May 21, 1936 in a motorcycle crash, but his death was overlooked until recently.

Sheriff Dave Mahoney says a retired deputy was doing research on the agency when he came across Brattlie's story and the memorial board approved adding his name for this year.

Mahoney says the ceremony recognizes both fallen officers and those who put their lives on the line every day.

"This profession we call law enforcement attracts the best of our communities, driven by core values of service, core values of integrity, respect, professional excellence, courage, leadership and knowledge," Mahoney told the crowd that gathered Friday afternoon. "Knowledge to perform a service to others while willing to lay down our lives so others will survive."

Mahoney also thanked families of law enforcement officers who help authorities get through tough times on the force.

Gov. Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. van Hollen also spoke at the ceremony. The governor asks the public to remember to thank officers for their service.

"It's a constant reminder that we not only remember the names that we add today but that we remember all of the names. All of these names on this wall are a constant reminder that their sacrifice is not in vain," says Walker.

Van Hollen told the crowd the memorial represents not only those who've died but the lives affected by the law enforcement community.

"It speaks volumes about the continuity of law enforcement, how significantly and seriously all of you in the law enforcement community take your professions," Van Hollen says.

National Police Week begins Sunday. Across the U.S. an officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. 100 officers were killed in 2013.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state of Wisconsin is honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the Capitol Friday afternoon.

The 24th annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony starts at 12 p.m. at the memorial site on the Capitol Square, at the Pinckney and Mifflin Street corner. A procession to the site begins at Olin-Turville Park at 11:30 a.m.

Two names of fallen officers will be added to the memorial this year, town of Brookfield Officer Donald Bishop and Dane County Traffic Officer Bernhardt Brattlie. Bishop suffered a heart attack while responding to a burglary call. Brattlie was fatally injured in May 1936.

National Police Week begins Sunday. Across the U.S., an officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. 100 officers were killed in 2013.

We'll take you to the annual memorial ceremony tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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