Everest Metro officer's widow speaks publicly for the first time during National Police Week

Posted at 10:29 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 11:33:56-04

During National Police Week, the nation is pausing and saluting officers who have died in the line of duty.

In Marathon County, a special ceremony was held Thursday adding another name to that list of honor. 

Detective Jason Weiland of the Everest Metro Police Department was killed trying to stop a shooting spree in the Wausau area in March.

Detective Weiland's widow Kara spoke for the first time publicly at the ceremony, sharing her emotional rollercoaster since losing her husband.

"I wish I was waiting for Jason to come home, or for Jason to call me and say hello," she said.

It had been more than 20 years since a Marathon County officer died in the line of duty.

"This is how I choose to remember Jason: a loving husband to me, a great father to our children, a dedicated police officer, serving and sacrificing for many others, and a special person for many," Kara Weiland said.

She mentioned his love for wearing the uniform and serving his community.

"He believed in a cause and was willing to die for it, this a mark of a tremendous man," she said.

Kara Weiland and her daughters visited the Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, D.C. and said next week the wall will have Detective Weiland's name on it.