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VIDEO | Bagpipes at Midnight – Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Slinger, WI – About a dozen people stood along the sidewalk outside the Slinger Village Hall on Friday night, May 13, 2022 to pay respect during the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in Washington County. The ceremony was titled Bagpipes at Midnight.

Squads from local police departments, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and State Patrol were parked side-by-side as an opening prayer, Psalm 23, was read by the Pastor from Shepherd of the Hills Church.

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Following the prayer, a lone bagpiper performed “God Bless America” followed by “America the Beautiful.”

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The bagpiper then walked in front of the squads playing “Amazing Grace.” After walking past each vehicle, the lights on that squad would turn go dark.

The Law Enforcement Memorial Service was held to honor Washington County Law Enforcement Officers that died in the line of duty, and to pay tribute to all police officers throughout the country that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

A rebroadcast of the full ceremony is below.

Three fallen officers in Washington County were recognized with a presentation of memorial wreaths: Germantown Police Officer Robert Backes, 35, who was killed March 21, 1981. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy John Schmitt, 31, who died while answering a call on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 1998 and Marshal Scherger, 33, of the Hartford Police Department who was killed in May 1904.

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