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Community prepares for funeral services for fallen MPD officer

Posted: 5:45 PM, Jul 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-28 09:27:56Z

Funeral arrangements were announced Friday for fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Michalski. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at Oak Creek Assembly of God Church.  The visitation is at 11 a.m. and the funeral begins at 3 p.m. 

Ahead of next week's services, police escorted Officer Michalski's body from the Medical Examiner's Office to the funeral home in Oak Creek. The procession lasted about an hour. 

Dozens of officers on motorcycles lead the way for Officer Michalski's body, followed by many more of his brothers and sisters in blue, along with family and friends.  The procession started downtown at the Medical Examiners Office, to 43-South, then I-94.  They exited on Drexel Avenue and then made a left on 27th Street to Briarwood Lane in Oak Creek.

Law enforcement stopped to salute the fallen officer as he went by and civilians got out of their cars to pay their respects. 

"They protect the city and they keep us safe and they don't get enough credit for doing it," said Sara Matheus.

The moment is personal for Sara Matheus since her husband is a Milwaukee Police Officer. 

"My blessings go to the family," said Matheus.

This is also emotional for Jerry Pavlik.

"I have a son that's a Milwaukee Police Officer and daughter-in-law that's a Wauwatosa Police Officer and I know what they go through," he said.

On Friday, family of officers found comfort in the outpouring of support for Officer Michalski, his family and the Milwaukee Police Department. 

"I believe the community at whole has a lot of respect for the officers," said Pavlik.

"I think it's wonderful and I think I'd like to see more of it," said Matheus. 

There will likely be an even bigger procession when the casket leaves Heritage Funeral Home Wednesday and heads to Oak Creek Assembly of God and then from there to the cemetery.