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Fallen Milwaukee police officer Charles Irvine Jr. honored one year after his death

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 19:06:55-04

Officer Charles Irvine Jr, 23, died in a squad car crash one year ago Friday.

June 7, 2018 Irvine Jr. and his partner were pursuing a car, when their car flipped at 76th and Silver Spring.

Once again, mourners gathered to remember the young officer taken too soon.

But, the mourning turned to celebration of an officer who made the community proud, as a plaque with his official police portrait went up on the overpass where the crash happened.

"Truly officer Irvine is the example of community policing," said Sen. Lena Taylor.

Taylor, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Police Chief Alfonoso Morales and Irvine Jr.'s colleagues joined with members of the public to commemorate his life- and his death serving the community he loved.

"And our job as a community is to make sure that we never forget the sacrifices that he made on our behalf- he gave up his life," Barrett said.

Community members said they plan to do just that each time they see the memorial.

"I will think about a job well done with this young man and rest in peace," said Fatonja Gladney, who lives near district four.