Bike group rides to D.C. to honor Sebena, Aleman other fallen area officers
MILWAUKEE - A group from the Milwaukee area has organized a bicycle ride to Washington D.C. to attend a candlelight vigil honoring fallen law enforcement officers killed while on duty, including five from our area.
The riders say it will be an honor to recognize Jennifer Sebena, who served in Wauwatosa before she was shot and killed on Dec. 24, 2012.
They will also honor Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy Sergio Aleman, who died this past August.
Both officers' names will be unveiled on the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial next week.
Bike riders from the "Wisconsin Riders Police Unity Tour" consist of officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, West Bend Police, Jackson Police and other agencies.
They're pulling a trailer that has Aleman's and Sebena's names.
They will gather in the Milwaukee area, but ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C.
Sebena was shot and killed on Christmas Eve, allegedly by her husband Benjamin.
The group that runs the memorial first declined to put her name on the wall to honor her because they believed she wasn't killed in the line of duty.
After a public outcry, the board took a second look and reversed their decision.
"It should not matter who took her life," said Jim Palmer, the executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. "It should only matter that she died in the line of duty...we think her service and sacrifice are very deserving."
The bike send off was to begin at Pedal Moraine, on 1421 South Main Street in West Bend, at 6:00 p.m.
It would move to the Wauwatosa Police Department at 7:00 p.m., and then the Milwaukee Sheriff's Office at 7:30 p.m. on Watertown Plank Road.