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Wisconsin law enforcement pay tribute to fallen officers in D.C.

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WASHINGTON, DC (WKOW) -- It's National Police Week, when officers across the nation honor their fallen colleagues.

A dozen law enforcement officers from the Badger Motor Officer's Association are heading home from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, after spending the past few days paying tribute to the three Wisconsin officers whose names were added to the memorial this year. 

Jim Hodges, a traffic deputy with Dane County Sheriff's Office, says it's an honor to help support the families of the fallen heroes.

"It's all about the families and that's why we do what we do. They're the ones that have to suffer that loss, the traumatic loss, of losing a family members and hopefully we are just a little bit a part of that healing process for them," said Hodges.

His team escorted families of the fallen officers to their hotels when they arrived in D.C. and to the various events held since Friday. Hodges says National Police Week is part of the healing process for families, and coworkers, of the officers who've died on duty.

The Wisconsin officers added to the memorial this year are Cuba City Commander Eric Lyons, who died of a heart attack after responding to a call, Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Anthony Borostowski, who died in a crash, and Everest Metro Det. Jason Weiland who was shot and killed near Wausau.

Hodges says officers from across the nation went out of their way to welcome Weiland's family to D.C. when they arrived late after the state law enforcement memorial ceremony on Friday.

"They all offered to stay late and help escort that family when they flew in at approximately 10 p.m. that night," Hodges told 27 News. "It was a pretty awesome gesture by all of them."

He says it's their duty to serve families and the officers whose end of watch came too soon. This is the 13th year Hodges has traveled to D.C. with the association.

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