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UPDATE: Memorial Service Plans for Craig Birkholz

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One Fond du Lac police officer was killed when a man inside a home on the city's west side began firing. Police Chief Tony Barthuly says 28-year-old Officer Craig Birkholz was shot in the upper chest by the suspect and killed. (courtesy of FOX 11)
One Fond du Lac police officer was killed when a man inside a home on the city's west side began firing. Police Chief Tony Barthuly says 28-year-old Officer Craig Birkholz was shot in the upper chest by the suspect and killed. (courtesy of FOX 11)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WTAQ) - We're learning new information on memorial and funeral arrangements for Fond du Lac police officer Craig Birkholz.

As previously announced, a public visitation and memorial service have been set for 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac.

Fond du Lac police have announced that a procession will precede the memorial activities. It is expected to reach the city around noon. The procession will start on South Main Street in the area of Camelot Drive, proceeding north to Johnson Street.

It will continue east on Johnson Street to Hwy. K and eventually to the church. The public is invited to line the route.

On Friday, a second visitation will be held at Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home in Birkholz’s hometown of Kenosha, beginning at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, an officer line-up and tribute will take place at the funeral home, beginning at 8 a.m. The tribute will be followed by a procession to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, beginning at 10 a.m., leading into Birkholz’s funeral mass. After the mass, a procession will travel to Sunset Ridge Memorial Park for burial and military rites.

In lieu of flowers, Birkholz’s family has set up a memorial fund in his name. Donations can be made at any US Bank location.

Meanwhile, a nearby police chief is upset after an apparent scammer called him Monday to ask for money to help families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Brownsville Police Chief Richard Dehnel said the caller claimed to be from a police association – and the scammer obviously didn’t know who he was dealing with. The chief said he was busy and asked for a number to call back – and it turned out to be a non-existent number.

Dehnel said, “the dirtbags are out there in full” when an officer is killed – and a real police association would never ask for money in this situation.

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