MILWAUKEE -- Those who serve and protect were honored Wednesday at the Spring Merit Award Ceremony.
Mayor Tom Barrett addressed the crowd saying being in law enforcement is more than a job, it's a vocation. He said the relationship between officers and citizens goes two ways and it's about having respect for one another.
"You kind of put all your emotions behind you and rely on your training," Officer Steven Kuspa said. "You rely on the people that you work with, and you just kind of get your mindset of what you're facing and what you have to do."
Sixteen citizens were also honored. Kevin Anderson, who was the Valorous Conduct "Citizen" Award Honoree, risked his life.