Paying Your Respects: Officer Rittner’s Procession Comes Through South Milwaukee This Afternoon

The funeral procession for fallen Milwaukee Police Department Officer Matthew Rittner will pass through South Milwaukee later this afternoon (Wednesday, Feb. 13). The exact route can be found in this post.  

Note that it calls for the procession to head east on Rawson Avenue from Oak Creek, then north on Nicholson Avenue past College and into Cudahy, on its way to 794 and eventually Brookfield. Our police and street departments are supporting the processional, and we will have squads taking part in it. The South Milwaukee Fire Department will have an engine parked at Rawson and Nicholson with a large flag. 

The Milwaukee Police Department has indicated the procession will leave Oak Creek Assembly of God around 4:30 p.m., but please monitor it on TV, as that time may change.

I have encouraged our city workers to view the procession — which may mean some non-essential city functions will close early today — and I encourage you to do the same.

Let’s join together as a city in honoring Officer Rittner, and in supporting and thanking our police officers — and all public safety officers everywhere — on this day, and every day.

We also offer thoughts and prayers for the family of Bryan Rodriguez, the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works employee who was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the job this week. We thank all of our employees for their dedication during these difficult times. 


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7 responses to “Paying Your Respects: Officer Rittner’s Procession Comes Through South Milwaukee This Afternoon

  1. John Tangen

    And just how much is this priveledge costing us?
    And before the “but he lost his life on the job”, where is the same level of care and respect for the city worker who was killed on the job?

  2. Melanie

    Eternal rest grant unto him oh God. But the mayor won’t answer your question about cost John Tangen.

    • If you’d like to know the incremental cost to our budget as the city joined hundreds of other communities from across the state and region to support the funeral procession of the third Milwaukee Police Department officer tragically killed in the line of duty in the last eight months, you can submit an open records request. As you do, please know that, God forbid this happens again, we will do the exact same thing.

      • John Tangen

        Did the city send paid representatives to funeral and procession for the DPW worker killed also?
        Question: When there are private citizens who have funeral processions requiring city assistance who pays for that? The tax payers?

      • Melanie

        Thanks Mayor

  3. Yes, we did pay our people to represent the city at these two functions, and we will continue to do so, to both honor those who lost their lives while providing public service in the area, and to show our employees we care about them and appreciate the work they do under adverse conditions. It’s the right thing to do.

    We do not charge for traffic control for private funeral processions.

    • John Tangen

      Thank you for your reply and that both funerals were represented by the city.

      While I still do not agree that the city needed to be disrupted for the officers 3rd county tour, that decision was not made by the city but the city agreed to others decisions.

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