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Wisconsin Law enforcement remembers its fallen officers

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's law enforcement community paused to remember Friday, coming to the State Capitol for the state's annual memorial ceremony for fallen officers.

They paid tribute to three officers who lost their lives in the line of duty - Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Gudgell (1916) and two officers who died in 2016 - Michael Ventura from the Town of Salem and Dan Glaze of the Rusk County Sheriff's Office.

2017 has already been a deadly year for Wisconsin law enforcement, with two officers already falling in the line of duty.

While the 21-gun salute didn't ring out for fallen State Trooper Anthony Borostowski, the men and women who served with him felt each shot a little bit more.

"It's hard, it's humbling. It brings back the hurt, yet it brings us together," said Lt. Col. Steve Krueger of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Trooper Borostowski died on Tuesday, April 11 when he lost control of his patrol car on I-90 in Sauk County.

His death is still very fresh in the minds of the troopers he's survived by.

"When one of ours gets, one of ours falls, it really does affect all of us. It sounds cliche, but it really is true. It's very humbling and we're thankful to see the support," said Lt. Col. Krueger.

It's that support that gets the officers through such trauma.

"It's just a show of respect, much like when officers attend funerals for a fallen officer," said Craig Kolbeck, the chair of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial.

This annual ceremony and others like it are for the public, but the agencies represented at the Capitol Friday honor their fallen everyday.

"We have memorials, if you will, plaques set up at every single one of our headquarters," said Lt. Col. Krueger.

Plaques, which like Friday's event, give the officers pause - but a sense of purpose as well.

"I can tell you this - that the next day after these terrible events happen - these men and women put on their uniforms because we swore an oath," said Lt. Col. Krueger.

Trooper Borostowski is the seventh state trooper to die in the line of duty in the history of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Jason Weiland of the Everest Police Department also died in uniform this year.

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