WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) Law enforcement departments in Central Wisconsin are raising money to send as many officers as possible to witness Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland's name be added to the law enforcement monument in Washington D.C.
Detective Weiland died in the line of duty last year trying to apprehend a shooter who had just killed three other people. Everest Metro Police Department, Wausau Police Department, and the Marathon County Sheriff's office are fundraising to send officers to the memorial in May.
They've already raised more than $118,000.
Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven said he thinks that will be enough to send as many officers as they can to the memorial in May during National Police Week. Police Chief Bliven says this is an opportunity for officers and their families to remember Jason Weiland and to support Jason's family.
"For me, I think it's really important for our officers locally to be able to experience that to be there to pay respects, to see Jason Weiland be memorialized on the wall at the National Police Memorial in Washington D.C.," Bliven said.
Officers aren't setting any fundraising goal amount. They'll be accepting donations up until the trip. Chief Bliven said this fundraiser has been a strong show of support from the community. They even had an anonymous donor send them $50,000.