Officer Michael Michalski died in the line of duty last week, from a gunshot wound. He was trying to serve a felony drug warrant at the time. Tuesday, he was laid to rest. Thousands of first responders came to Oak Creek to honor fallen officer Michael Michalski.
"This kind of thing happens all too often in our country," Chief Andrew Smith, Green Bay Police Department.
The Milwaukee area community came to show their support as well.
"It’s basic decency. I just wish more people had it. We wouldn't have days like this," said Timothy Nelson, marine veteran.
Officers say this is a tragic reminder of how quickly life on-duty can change.
"We’re one bad incident away, one bad traffic collision away from having a funeral like this in any other city in Wisconsin," said Smith.
Thousands of flashing lights take Michalski to his final resting place, while nelson and the Wisconsin community show their support.
"I’m sorry for your loss. I truly am. But you don't mourn alone. There's people out here that are with you. That are behind you," said Nelson.
Meanwhile the MPD promises to keep the city Michalski protected safe from harm.