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Public funeral service honors Wisconsin State Trooper Daniel Stainbrook

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 7:01 PM CST
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PLOVER, Wis. (WSAW) - Wisconsin mourned as flags were at half staff on Tuesday to honor a fallen state trooper.

42-year-old Trooper Dan Stainbrook died on Nov. 15th due to COVID-19 complications.

The funeral took place Nov. 30th with visitation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woodlands Church in Plover. The service followed at 1 p.m. Law enforcement honors concluded the event.

Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Nate Henriksen said it was an emotional day for everyone.

“We all wear the same uniform... the same badge and we all have that same calling to public safety, to public service. It’s difficult, whether we were very close with him or whether we just simply wore the uniform as a member of the law enforcement community. So opportunities specifically allow us to provide some of that closure for us as a valid enforcement community,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Nate Henriksen.

Law enforcement paid their respects with an honor guard recessional, riffle volley, helicopter flyover. Lt. Henricksen said anytime there is a death of an officer it has a large impact on others in uniform.

“We do understand that there will be a number of those affected by this with some long-term effects, just like any of our line of duty deaths have been in the past,” said Lt. Henricksen.

Officers surrounded the family as they said Trooper Stainbrooks’ final call. Then, with heavy hearts, the crowd dispersed.

Stainbrook was a 20-year State Patrol veteran who primarily served in Waushara County, through the northcentral regional office based in Wausau.

Trooper Stainbrook leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

A GoFundMe for the Stainbrook family says he had been hospitalized since Oct. 27 in Wisconsin Rapids. CLICK HERE to donate to the GoFundMe.

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