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Marshfield PD remember fallen officer, those who served

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Memorials are being held across the county today, to honor police officers. In our area, Marshfield is remembering its only officer who died in the line of duty, while recognizing those who served for more than 25 years.

Fred Beell was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1933. Now, almost 80 years later, he's remembered as a veteran and a hero during the Marshfield Police Department's annual memorial.

"It reinforces the dedication for those that currently serve and I think it served as a reminder to those that have served that they are still remembered," Lt. Darren Larson said.

But this year, things are a little different. The ceremony now includes a presentation of the Fred Beell Service Award—given to officers who have served Marshfield for a quarter century.

"We want to show them and pay our respect to those who preceded us," Larson said.

One of those being honored tonight, Beell's partner at the time of his death. George Fyksen and Beell responded to a burglary call at the Marshfield Brewery.

Fyksen has since passed away, but he's being remembered, after serving the city for close to 30 years.

"He's was that living legacy, he was the officer that experienced the most difficult set of circumstances that an officer can face, and that's losing your partner," Larson said.

Beell was a wrestling champion. But it was his work as a police officer that has people remembering him so many years later.

"You can't do much more than that in law enforcement. But he was a living example for those who followed him for many, many years," retired Marshfield Detective Tony Reigel said.

Both retired and current officer say this is an important week for everyone.

"There's not many jobs that you go to work thinking that you may sacrifice your life for another and this is a job that those that serve recognize everyday and this is a week for them to remind themselves," Larson said.

A reminder that is echoed as flags across the country fly at half-staff, remembering Beell and the many other officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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