More than 100 people have begun their National Police Week endeavor. Fallen Everest Metro Detective Jason Weiland will be honored in Washington, D.C., as his name is unveiled on the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial.
Weiland's watch ended on March 22, 2017 as he tried to protect the community from rampage shooter Nengmy Vang.
A group of 110 law enforcement officers, and family and friends of Weiland left from the police department Friday morning.
"I think there's a lot of nerves and anticipation and excitement," said Everest Metro Police Chief Clay Schulz. "The planning that has gone into this is just remarkable."
The trip will begin with a stop in Madison for a statewide ceremony, where State Trooper Anthony Borostowski will also be honored. His watch ended in 2017 as well. The group will then drive to Chicago and fly to the capital.
"We're all there to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice," said Schulz. "There will be a feeling that we know we're going through this together as a group, and that feels better than feeling like you're alone."