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Funeral preparations continue for fallen MPD Officer Matthew Rittner

Posted: 3:53 PM, Feb 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-12 00:40:28Z
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Fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner will be laid to rest Wednesday.

A public visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Creek Assembly of God Church.

The funeral service will follow.

After the funeral, police honors will be conducted outside the church. A procession will then escort Rittner's body from Oak Creek to Krause Funeral Home on Capitol Drive in Brookfield.

During Sunday services at Oak Creek Assembly of God, Senior Pastor Jerry Brooks said the church expects a full house in honor of Rittner.

"Wednesday, there will be as many as 4,000 people in this building at one time," Brooks said.

It is, unfortunately, a familiar scene for Brooks' parish.

The church also hosted an August funeral for fallen MPD Officer Michael Michalski.

Funeral preparations continue for fallen MPD Officer Matthew Rittner

In remarks during Sunday services, which are also posted on the church's Facebook page, Brooks urged the community to keep Milwaukee Police in its thoughts.

"Just be praying," Brooks said. "Pray for the family of the fallen officer — the Rittner family. But also be praying for all of the officers, all of our first responders, everyone. This impacts our whole community."

In addition to Wednesday's service, there is a private visitation for Rittner at Oak Creek Assembly of God scheduled for Tuesday night for sworn MPD officers (retired and and active), Milwaukee Fire Department firefighters and military personnel, along with their significant others. It will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

In a Facebook post, Oak Creek Police warned drivers about traffic in the area during Wednesday's funeral service.

"Pray for the family of the fallen officer — the Rittner family. But also be praying for all of the officers, all of our first responders, everyone. This impacts our whole community." — Jerry Brooks, senior pastor at Oak Creek Assembly of God

"We are asking for your patience as we assist in the funeral processions for Officer Rittner," Oak Creek Police said in the social media post. "This will affect traffic midday on Tuesday and the afternoon on Wednesday. This will change and/or delay normal traffic patterns at, and around, W Rawson and S 13th St."

"More information on traffic patterns will be posted both Tuesday and Wednesday. Thank you for your assistance while we mourn Officer Rittner," police wrote.