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Shot to death during an armed robbery on June 17 in a Racine bar, Hetland died trying to protect a bartender from an armed gunman. The suspect in the case remains at-large.
But Wednesday friends, colleagues and family members gathered to support one another during this difficult time and say good-bye.
Here are just a few of the messages people have left for Hetland and his family. If you were at the funeral and would like to share your thoughts, please feel free to in the comments section of this story.
— CBS 58 News (@CBS58) June 26, 2019
— FOX6 News (@fox6now) June 26, 2019
— Alexis Byrns (@MrzLexyDByrnz) June 26, 2019
Rest In Peace @RacinePD PO John Hetland who was shot & killed on 6/17/19 while off duty, trying to stop an armed robbery. He was a 24-year veteran of the department. Please retweet to honor him #NeverForget #BackTheBlue #BlueLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/6Pph83m25w
— Angel L Maysonet (@bigricanman) June 19, 2019
— Alyson Bruner (@AlysonBruner) June 25, 2019
Today we honor and remember the life of Officer John Hetland. pic.twitter.com/x5l5yiwHiG
— Carthage College (@carthagecollege) June 26, 2019
Honoring and remembering Racine Police Officer John Hetland who laid down his life in service to his community. Rest easy brother, we’ll take the watch from here. pic.twitter.com/XEVRYbU03y
— Grand Chute Police (@GrandChutePD) June 26, 2019
A number of organizations are also hosting fundraisers for fallen officers: