Local officials released statements and condolences Tuesday concerning the shooting death Racine Police Officer John Hetland:
“The entire city mourns the tragic loss of Officer John Hetland. My heart breaks for his children and family. I offer them my deepest sympathies. Officer Hetland dedicated his life to serving the city and he proved that again last night when he gave his life to protect the lives of others. John Hetland is a hero, and the city will honor him as such.”
“As a city, we must also be here to lift up the officers of the Racine Police Department. They are grieving the loss of one of their brothers and they need our support, now more than ever. I ask the community to extend your thoughts, prayers, and a shoulder to lean on to our officers as we work to heal from this tragic event.”
“I will continue to work with law enforcement agencies over the coming hours and days to make sure we find justice for Officer Hetland and all those who know and love him.”
— Racine Mayor Cory Mason
“Every time a police officer leaves their house, they are risking their lives to protect others. Tragically, Racine learned that last night.
“Officer John Hetland embodies what it means to be a police officer. Where some people might avoid confrontation to protect themselves, Officer Hetland went into action to protect our city and its people. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and the entire Racine Police family. I ask that all of Wisconsin keep John Hetland and Racine in their prayers.
“Always on duty.”
— State Sen. Van Wanggaard
“Our community was shaken this morning upon learning of the tragic passing of Racine Police Officer John Hetland. Officer Hetland went above and beyond the call of duty, showing tremendous bravery even while off-duty. My deepest condolences go out to the Hetland family, as well as the Racine Police Department for their loss.”
— State Rep. Tip McGuire
“My prayers are with those close to Police Officer John Hetland, and the law enforcement community grieving this loss. We must remember Officer Hetland’s 24-year career with the Racine Police Department and his service to our Racine community.”
— U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil
“The loss of two police officers — two people who worked to keep communities safe — is a tragedy. We mourn the loss of these courageous public servants. My condolences to their family and friends and to the Racine and Milwaukee Police Departments.”
— Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, also referring to the death of Milwaukee Police Officer Kou Her