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National Police Week: Wausau officer proud to serve

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

It's National Police Week, a week dedicated to remember those fallen and honor the ones that continue to serve.

Nick Stetzer works as a patrol officer for the Wausau Police Department. During his 12-hour shift, Stetzer will respond to calls, make traffic stops, and patrol downtown.

"It's nice to drive by and see all the people walking by in the 400 block," said Stetzer.

But the job can also be dangerous.

"You treat everyone the exact same," said Stetzer. "Old ladies, young kids. You treat everyone the same because you never know, somebody could want to hurt you. Things could get out of hand real quickly. So you have to be on guard."

To stay safe, Stetzer and fellow officers work together.

"If I have the chance to back up another officer, help them out, save their life possibly, or them save mine, that's what we're here for," said Stetzer.

And that's what National Police Week aims to highlight. Police officers who sacrifice and serve. And, who sometimes tragically die in the line of duty.

"I think it's just a way to remember all the fallen officers that protected their communities and just provided help to a lot of people," said Stetzer.

Suiting up every day in this uniform is a job, but for Stetzer, it's also a way of life.

"We're a big family, all together," said Stetzer. "We look out for each other."

National Police Week runs through Saturday.

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