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Madison-area honor guards honor slain Milwaukee police officer

BROOKFIELD (WKOW) — In the darkest of times, a family comes together. On Wednesday, those who wear a badge and protect and serve communities around the nation, came to honor one of their own.

“It hurts in ways you cannot imagine,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales as he spoke at Officer Matthew Rittner’s funeral. “Believe me, it hurts.”

Officer Rittner was a cop’s cop who spent his life serving. From enlisting in the Marines and serving overseas to becoming a police officer in Milwaukee, he lived up to the oath he took.

The personal stories of the tactical officer stuck with Sergeant Mark Schroeder with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

“They lost a good officer,” said Schroeder.

He and six others from the Honor Guard at the Dane County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Oak Creek for the funeral service.

“It’s very important for us as a law enforcement community to come together in unity to show our support for each other as well as other agencies,” said Schroeder.

His team was there alongside hundreds of other law enforcement agencies from across the state and country, including the honor guard from the Madison Police Department.

“We know it could be any one of us at any time given the nature of work that we do,” said Sergeant Kimba Tieu, a member of the MPD honor guard.

Six members of Madison’s honor guard also made the trip to pay their respects.

“We wanted to be there for them and show our support in their time of need and time of sorrow,” said Tieu.

Officer Rittner was shot and killed while taking part in a search warrant at a home in Milwaukee on February 6th. He leaves behind a wife and child.

“To his family, I want them to know everybody in law enforcement was there for them today and we’ll always be there for them,” said Schroeder.

Hunter Sáenz

Reporter, WKOW

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