FILE -- letter to the editor

Police presence missed at grandfather’s burial

I recently lost my grandfather, John “Jack” Kappus. Our family cherished and remembered him as a man who loved both his family and the community of Chippewa Falls, in which he lived his entire life. He not only served his country in the United States Navy, but also served the community he cared so much for, as a deputy in the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and later as an officer on the Chippewa Falls Police Department.

Our family cherished the presentation of military honors by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council of American Legion Post 77, but there was an honor that was withheld from my grandfather and his loved ones as we prepared to lay him to rest. He served the Chippewa Falls Police Department for 20 years, but there was a noticeable absence of the Chippewa Falls Police Department Honor Guard from his burial service.

There was absolutely no presence from the police department at his burial, which was a dishonor to his memory and time of service on the department. The Chippewa Falls Police Department needs to apologize to my family for disrespecting the memory and service of my grandfather.

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My grandfather was honored to serve the community that he loved and it breaks my heart to see that he was not given the honors at his burial that he deserved. I am so proud of my grandfather for his years of service on the Chippewa Falls Police Department, and the community of Chippewa Falls should be, too.

Zachary John Peterson,

Bloomer

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