As a kickoff to National Police Memorial Week May 12–18, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Platteville Police Department and UW–Platteville Police Department are sponsoring the screening of the documentary “Heroes Behind the Badge.”
“Heroes Behind The Badge” recounts the harrowing stories of law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Heroes Behind the Badge” will be shown at Millennium Cinema in Platteville Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. The proceeds of the tickets sales will go towards the formation of a Grant County Multi-Agency Honor Guard, and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.
Law enforcement in Grant County currently does not have an Honor Guard. The main purpose of the Honor Guard is to stand watch over fallen law enforcement officers. The Honor Guard will also act as a color guard, perform casket watch for law enforcement funerals (military or fire service if requested as well), present the colors during parades and civic events, etc.
The Honor Guard may be called upon for academy graduations, law enforcement retirements or other events involving certain dignitaries.
“It is our hope that through various fundraising efforts, we are able to form a Grant County Honor Guard,” said Sheriff Nate Dreckman.
Prior to the screening, local law enforcement officers will be present to answer questions, A display of squad cars and a K9 officer will also be present.
“Please come and join these men and women, who serve each day to make our communities safe,” said Dreckman.
Tickets are available for $15 at the Platteville Police Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and at the screening. Pre-purchase of tickets is recommended, as there are a limited number of seats.