On Sunday, May 21, 2017, you are invited to stand with the Menomonee Falls Police Department, as we gather for the annual Police Memorial Service, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the John S. Taylor, Jr. Park.
As first responders we have a special bond that the average citizen has a hard time understanding. Yet we know that those in the fire service and those in law enforcement place their lives on the line to protect the people and property of our village and the surrounding area. 2017 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the line of duty death for Menomonee Falls Police Officer John Taylor.
We will be remembering John and the 144 other members of law enforcement who End of Watch occurred in 2016. Our keynote speaker will be Michael Santimauro, a retired FBI agent and chairperson of the Police and Fire Commission. Also participating in this service will be the Milwaukee Police and Fire Pipes and Drums and the Police Department Honor Guard.
John S. Taylor, Jr.
Officer Taylor was killed August 6, 1977 while participating in an effort to apprehend a 17-year-old who was being pursued by a Wisconsin State Patrol Officer. The youth was attempting to elude the State Patrol Officer when his vehicle struck Officer Taylor’s squad car broadside. Officer Taylor was ejected from the squad car and sustained head and internal injuries. At the time, Officer Taylor was 36 years old, and was married. He was an eight year veteran of the Menomonee Falls Police Department.