Oshkosh Police remember their fallen

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Louis Hardy, George O'Connor, and Walter Spiering all gave their lives in the line of duty for the Oshkosh Police Department.

"To keep them in our memories, and remember what they've done and the sacrifices that they've done for their communities. It's so incredibly important to us," said Chief Dean Smith, Oshkosh Police Department.

Officers placed five roses on a wreath, three for the Oshkosh officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty, and two for the Wisconsin law enforcement officers who lost their lives this past year. 

Community leaders joined the OPD to make sure the police know officers have the city's full support.

"They've got our back. We have theirs and it's important for us to recognize that and show our support for them," said Chief Tim Franz, Oshkosh Fire Department. 

“Every day, it seems I have somebody coming to me and saying how good a job our police officers are doing and it makes me very proud to be their leader," said Smith.

Fortunately, no Oshkosh officer has died on duty since 1939. Still, Smith says it's important their sacrifices are never forgotten.

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