Memorial sits outside of District 4 for Officer Charles Irvine Jr

Posted at 2:00 PM, Jun 08, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- A day after a Milwaukee police officer was killed in the line of duty, many are empathizing with the Milwaukee Police Department and doing things to honor the fallen officer.

A squad car covered in black sits out in front of District 4. Roses lay on the hood and a wreath in the front lawn sits just feet away. It's all support for the community.

Marion McCarey says it's just the right thing to do.

"This man, he only was on the service, on the force for four years. Whether he was a policeman or a citizen he was somebody and he deserves the respect and honor," McCarey said.

Derek Weiler another community member brought by drinks and ordered officers’ lunch. He's managed apartment buildings in District 4 and says the police always helped whenever he called.

"It hurts," Weiler said. "They were always very responsive, courteous and they were just there for us and when they lose somebody, I return the favor, I want to be there for them."

He also has family members that are sworn to protect and serve. A department chaplain was also at District 4 to help grieving officers.

Gov. Scott Walker also ordered flags to be half-staffed Friday. The last time a Milwaukee Police Officer was killed in the line of Duty was 22 years ago. Flags are ordered to be half-staff until the sun goes down on the day of Irvine Jr’s funeral.