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In “Battle of the Badges,” the Milwaukee Police Department takes on the Milwaukee Fire Department in a hockey game to benefit those with autism. “It’s always a competitive game, and as long as it’s competitive it’s fun,” Milwaukee police detective Kevin Armbruster said.
This event is the big kick-off to Autism Awareness Month.
During the course of our law enforcement career we begin at some point to develop an interest in SWAT. For some this feeling is present the day we are sworn to our position. For others, the feeling begins to grow a bit slower but soon reaches that same level, that level that makes or steers our career toward the desire to some day be titled “the best of the best.”
With this desire soon comes the hard work and dedication needed to reach that goal. The work activity, the positive six or twelve month personnel evaluations and all the positive contributions made during the evaluation process raise our hopes that some day we will be selected for SWAT. Not because in some administrators view it was our turn like children taking turns playing on the swing at the playground. But because, and I think an old commercial puts it so clearly, “You did it the old fashioned way-you earned it!” Nation wide less than one percent (1%) of all law enforcement officers is selected for SWAT.
Four Milwaukee police officers have been drawn in to gunbattles on the beat this year. On Sunday morning, that gunfire led to the death of a suspect.
According to police, an officer returned fire when called to a north side home by a woman who said an armed man was breaking in. The suspect died.
Just as police responded to that crime scene, a member of the Police Officer Support Team said the department will also respond to the aid of the officer following the incident.
Two Milwaukee police officers are being credited with saving a woman from a burning home. Officer Jerry Whiteley was on duty and Officer Ken Cecil was off duty. The two just happened to drive by 3rd and Locust at the same time Friday and saw heavy smoke coming from the home. Whiteley used his police radio to notify the fire department.
The two men knew someone could be inside and in need of help so they ran in. “I came in low and pushed the door open. Officer Whiteley had by back holding my jacket in case I went down,” explained Cecil.
The heat was so intense, the flames were growing and the smoke was so intense they could barely see in front of them. But, they could see a woman’s feet as she stood in the dining room. She would respond to their calls.
“She was frozen. Whether it was fear or lack of oxygen because of the smoke. She wasn’t taking another step without guidance. We had to grab one hand and arm each of us and help her out,” the two explained.
When they got the woman out they said her head was smoldering and her hair had been singed. She had inhaled a lot of smoke. The officers later learned the woman was at home alone and suffers from mental illness.
The victim’s family is grateful to these officers. “If they didn’t do that, if they didn’t drive by she probably wouldn’t have been saved,” said the victim’s sister Shelia Buchanan.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Milwaukee Police Department issued updates on the condition of police officers shot and severely injured June 9.
They said Officer Bryan Norberg is recovering at home and doing well. Graham Kunish is in critical, but stable condition.While family members rally around the officers several community members are reaching out, hoping to make the process easier.
“Both of their families … want to express how grateful they are for the community support, support from (the) department (and) everybody there that day for their family and everybody who has been there since this has happened,” MPD Lt. Carianne Yerkes said.
Dozens of people have pulled together, looking for ways to help out.
A group of officer’s wives and girlfriends called Shielded Hearts — an organization aimed at showing victim’s family members they’re not alone — is among those trying to help.
Naomi Lara, a member of Shielded Hearts, said the group builds community through “faith, education and fellowship.”
“We pray for each other it’s just absolutely wonderful how close we actually are,” group member Teresa Robinson said.”(You) don’t think about it until it happens. It’s amazing.”This week organizers decided a big way they could help is through food.
The organization will provide meals for the officer’s family members as they help their loved ones recover at home and in the hospital. Many of the meals will be donated from restaurants or prepared by private citizens.
“It’s very important to not have to worry about that,” Robinson said.
“They’ve got so many other stresses going on and so many things they have to concentrate on. I mean it wouldn’t be that great to have to run home and eat and worry about how long its going to take. It’s right there for them ready when they need it.”
Bell Ambulance has offered to deliver the meals to the officer’s family members.
There is also a fundraiser planned for Saturday, June 20 to benefit the officers’ families.
“Thank You, Milwaukee Police Department will take place on National Avenue between First and Second Streets starting at 9 a.m.
One of two Milwaukee police officers wounded by a gunman on a bike has been released from the hospital.
Police say Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch approached an 18-year-old Tuesday because he looked suspicious and he began firing without provocation.
Julius Burton has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide.
Police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said Saturday that Norberg is back home but Kunisch remains in critical condition. He has had several surgeries and faces more.
She says Chief Ed Flynn has given them both the Medal of Valor for injuries in combat.
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn was at a news conference Wednesday announcing a donation that will help MPD get another police dog in its K-9 unit.
The chief really captured the moment quite well:
“Our K-9 officers get involved in some pretty hairy situations. They can always use additional funding, in fact, they’ve been begging for additional funding for some time. They’ve been sniffing around for it, and the Milk Bone Corporation has come through. Now, once we get our paws on this money…” Chief Flynn said.
Pick ‘N Save and the Milk Bone Corporation donated the $5,000 to help make it happen.