MADISON - After more than a year, the name of Fond du Lac police officer Craig Birkholz is now among the names of other Wisconsin officers killed in the line of duty.
"We've found peace in all these ceremonies. It's about celebrating his life. It's about how he lived, not how he died," said Kevin Hansen, Birkholz's best friend
Hansen along with other friends and family attended the annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Friday in Madison.
They were surrounded by dozens of officers from across the state, as well as Governor Scott Walker and the state's attorney general.
"Today, a beautiful day, we pay tribute to one of the nicest officers I've ever met in my career," said former Fond du Lac police chief Tony Barthuly.
Barthuly was the keynote speaker.
"This memorial, I remember when they were trying to raise the funds for it, thought it would be really nice to do it and it's so beautiful. I never thought I'd be honoring one of our officers," he said.
But in the midst of tragedy, has come good, according to Fond du Lac police officer Ryan Williams.
"We've come a long way as a department," said Williams.
He and his K-9 Grendel were seriously injured during the stand off last March.
"What we've really tried to do is not let Craig go in vain. We've made some improvements to things in our department. I've been an advocate for extra ballistic, tactical vests. We've gone out and talked about other ways to train so we can avoid this happening in the future," said Williams.
Officer Birkholz's family and friends are also, slowly moving forward.
But like the name engraved in stone, his best friend says Birkholz's memory will stand the test of time.
"He's one of the best men I've ever known. My daughter is his goddaughter and we're just going to continue to honor him for the rest of our lives," said Hansen.
The ceremony also honored Beloit police officer Frederick Samp. He was killed in the line of duty in May of 1935.
There are now 259 names on the memorial.
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