Daughters of fallen detective inspire movement to make community better
"All of the amazing people in the world will always outnumber the criminals of the world."
Words Ann Weiland eulogizes from her father, Detective Jason Weiland, who lost his life in the line of duty in the March 22 shootings last year. Those very words inspired a movement called Be Amazing.
It started in one class last August, and has now spread to 5 area schools.
"Our group can empower and inspire people in the community to move forward, and make positive changes," Be Amazing founder Cheryl Goetsch said.
"People talk about it during school, and other people hear and they're like, 'How do you get into that, what do you have to do?'" Be Amazing member Caitlyn Kressel added.
What you have to do is try to make the community a better place. And Be Amazing, in its first few months, is doing just that. An impressive number of projects include donating blankets for people who might otherwise be cold, and water to keep law enforcement hydrated on the job. Kids are the ones who come up with many of these ideas.
"That's exciting to see," Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven said. "To see that giving, that teaching, that molding of young minds, and hearts for our community."
Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks agrees.
"They're the future leaders of our community," he said.
On this day, it's filling bags for Wausau area restaurants that will be donating part of their profits to help fund Be Amazing. Money which in turn will help it do more good for the community.
Anna, whose words inspired the movement, and her sister Ella, are members of Be Amazing. So are a growing number of other kids and adults. Something that would put a smile on the face of the man whose ultimate sacrifice lead to the words that got it all started.
"I know Jason would be so proud of them," Jason Weiland's wife Kara Weiland said. "To be able to give back...in law enforcement, you serve the community by protecting and serving. I feel the girls are learning at a young age to serve the community."