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Respect for Law Day observance is Monday on the courthouse lawn
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Respect for Law Day observance is Monday on the courthouse lawn

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The Sauk County 2021 Respect for Law Day observance, an annual event that honors both current and past area public safety personnel including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday on the west side—Broadway Street—of the Sauk County Courthouse.

County residents are invited to attend the outdoor observance which will include a flag and wreath ceremony, a rifle salute by the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, and brief remarks by Sauk County District Attorney Michael Albrecht and other community members.

Ceremony honors public safety personnel

Reedsburg Police Department Chaplain Ben Seamans gives the invocation during the Respect for Law Day observance outside the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo in 2018.

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The names of 12 first responders who died in 2020 will be added to the memorial inside the courthouse. The names of six first responders who died in 2019 also will be added after last year’s ceremony was postponed.

The wall memorializes 322 Sauk County men and women who served in law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services. Dedicated in May 2001, the “Wall of Honor” was placed inside the courthouse by the Baraboo Optimist Club.

A memorial also stands outside the courthouse that lists the names of six individuals who dedicated their lives to law enforcement and died in the line of duty. Those honored include Baraboo Police Officer Jeremiah Buckley, Sauk County Deputy James Jantz, Sauk County Sgt. Calvin Meeks, Sauk County Sgt. Stuart Searles, Sauk County Deputy Richard Weinke, and Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Anthony Borostowski. The outside Memorial was built in 1986 by members of the Sauk County Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to the County Board Room in the Sauk County West Square Building for light refreshments.

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