Adam Hartwig to be remembered at event that will include swearing in of dog
The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office will host a Saturday, May 6, send-off for the Wisconsin Riders, a group of law enforcement officers and survivors of fallen officers who are riding bicycles more than 300 miles in the annual Police Unity Tour to Washington, D.C., in honor of a local deputy who died last year.
The public event, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the Justice Center, 1201 S. Spring St., Port Washington, will also include the swearing in of the department’s second dog, a German shepherd named Rev.
This year’s Police Unity Tour hits close to home for the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office because it honors Adam Hartwig, who joined the department in 2013 and died of natural causes on March 18, 2016, at his Port Washington home.
Wisconsin Riders are also biking in honor of Rusk County sheriff’s deputy Dan Glaze and officer Michael Ventura of the Town of Salem.
During National Police Week next month, the riders will bike from Pennsylvania to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., where the names of Hartwig and the other two Wisconsin officers will be added to the memorial.
Co-workers, friends and relatives of Hartwig plan to travel to Washington, D.C., to greet the riders when they arrive, Lt. Marshall Hermann said.
The May 6 send-off in Port Washington will include the blessing of the Wisconsin Riders trailer.
The public is invited to meet the riders, as well as Rev and the department’s other dog, Wasko. Lunch, cake and coffee will be served and there will be a K9 stuffed animal raffle for children.