Everest Detective Added to Police Memorial - West Band Plays at Ceremony

Everest Detective Added to Police Memorial - West Band Plays at Ceremony
Posted on 05/22/2018
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Saturday, ​May​ 12, 2018

​​Everest detective added to police memorial

Weiland killed last year, survived by wife, 2 daughters

Laura Schulte
Wausau Daily Herald
USA TODAY NETWORK – WISCONSIN

MADISON - Members of an assembled crowd leaned against each other, dabbing at their eyes and watching as law enforcement officers from across the state filed into the Wisconsin State Capitol building.

The Wausau West High School band played a somber song as the officers walked past, quickly filling the rotunda. When the music stopped, a heavy silence hung in the air before a series of speakers stepped up to the podium to share memories and prayers for two Wisconsin officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2017, one of whom was Everest Metro Detective Jason Weiland.

Weiland lost his life on March 22, 2017, when Nengmy Vang, 45, shot four people to death before officers fatally shot him. Weiland was working to establish a perimeter at the Aspen Street Apartments, where Vang had barricaded himself inside.

Weiland was 40 when he died. He is survived by his wife, Kara, and his two daughters, Anna and Elsa, as well as by his parents and siblings. Weiland was a 1995 graduate of Wausau West High School.

At the memorial service, several state officials spoke of the bravery Weiland exhibited when he ran toward danger on the day he died.

"He knew that (the shooter) had killed three people in cold blood," said state attorney general Brad Schimel. "Detective Weiland put his life on the line to stop him."

During the service, the Wausau West High School band filled the rotunda of the Capitol building with song, eliciting emotion from members of the crowd

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throughout. More than 100 members of the crowd of about 300 were from the Wausau area — local officers, their family members and members of Weiland’s family.

The other officer honored at the Friday afternoon ceremony in Madison was State Trooper Anthony Borostowski, who was killed in a car crash in April 2017.

It was just the first stop for the group, which made its way to the Capitol by bus on Friday morning and will fly into Washington D.C. on Friday night for a week of memorials during National Police Week.

The group raised $125,000 to be able to send the officers and family members to D.C., where Weiland’s name will added to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial as one of the officers killed in the line of duty in 2017.

On Saturday, motorcycle riders from the Police Unity Tour will kick off an arrival ceremony. On Sunday evening, National Police Week organizers will read the names of officers killed in the line of duty in 2017 during a candlelight vigil. The ceremony will be held at the National Mall. On Monday, two other police officers from the Everest Metro Department, Detective Sergeant Dan Goff and Detective Leah Long, will be honored during their time in D.C., as National Association of Police Organization "Top Cops" for the role they played on March 22, 2017.

Finally, on Tuesday, which is National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day, the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxillary will sponsor a memorial service, immediately followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. The officers and family will return in time for a local ceremony to honor Weiland in Marathon County on Thursday.

Everest Metro Detective Shane Heilmann, who was a close friend of Weiland’s, was preparing for a long week, but he’s thankful that the community supported the department, both with money for the trip and kind words.

"It’s just been amazing, the community support," he said. "We appreciate and thank you for the support."