Three Wisconsin law enforcement officers will have their names added this weekend to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Milwaukee police Officer Matthew Rittner, Racine police Officer John Hetland and Dane County Deputy Sheriff Richard Treadwell were all killed in the line of duty.
Rittner's former partner spoke to WISN 12 at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee Wednesday as he got ready to board a plane to the nation's capital.
"I do think about him every single day," Officer Matthew Murray said of Rittner.
Rittner was killed in the line of duty in 2019.
Murray and fellow officers left for a ceremony delayed one year by the pandemic.
"I kind of feared then that it would have been like tearing the stitches off of the wound. And now that a little bit more time has gone past. Maybe it will be a little bit more therapeutic instead of painful," Murray said.
Rittner's name is already on the Milwaukee Police Department's Memorial.
"It's going to be very emotional obviously when I see his name on the wall (in D.C.)," Murray said.
WISN 12 asked him what having other officers with him for the ceremony means.
"It means a lot. Obviously just having the comradery and everybody suffering through the pain of the event," Murray said. "Now hopefully just going on in a strong remembrance."
The ceremony was scheduled to take place Saturday.
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