15th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony Will Honor Two Fallen Heroes

By Brian L. Willison, Chair
Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.

            The 15th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony will honor two Wisconsin law enforcement heroes on Friday, May 20, 2005. The ceremony, which will begin at noon and is held at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial on the State Capitol grounds, will remember and honor Special Agent Jay P. Balchunas of the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, and Portage County Sheriff Joseph Baker.

On October 29, 2004, Special Agent Balchunas was shot by two suspects who identified him as a law enforcement officer during a street robbery. He lost his valiant fight for survival and died a week later on November 5, … Continue reading