Fallen Officer in Fond du Lac

Posted: 23rd March 2011 by admin in Notes From Steve

My condolences go out to a fallen officer in Fond du Lac who lost his life when a suspect opened fire as police were investigating a sexual assault complaint.

The thing that bothers me the most is when this news was reported the prisoners in my unit started screaming and chanting like this was a good thing.  This again reminds me that I am sitting here in a Maximum Security Facility, which I would not be in, had I been given the normal sentence that fit my crime.  So here sits a man who has not committed a violent crime yet is housed with violent criminals who think the death of an officer is something to cheer about!  I’m saddened to even know there are human beings in this world who think the way they do.  I’m furious that I have to be so close to these monsters!

Here are the news reports about Officer Craig Birkholz, please keep his family and fellow officers in your prayers.


Fond Du Lac Shooting:  Procession, Prayer Service for Fallen Officer
By Lauren Leamanczyk with Melissa McCrady, Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press

FOND DU LAC – On Wednesday, the body of Officer Craig Birkholz was to be brought back from his hometown of Kenosha to Fond du Lac, where a prayer service was scheduled.

Police officers and many others will line the streets for the procession in Fond du Lac.
Birkholz lost his life when a suspect opened fire as police were investigating a sexual assault complaint.
Another officer Ryan Williams was shot and critically injured.
The Fond du Lac police department is in mourning. It is evident on their faces and on their badges which have black tape across them.
“It’s one of the hardest things a law enforcement officer ever has to deal with in their career,” said Captain Steven Klein.
Klein wants to make sure no one forgets what happened inside that house Sunday morning.
The shots came the minute officers entered James Cruckson’s home. Officer Ryan Williams was hit. His colleagues pulled him to safety.
Others fended off the gunman.
“Captain Gutzman was able to take up a tactical position in the basement and keep up a tactical position in the basement and keep those individuals safe until an armored truck could be brought in to bring them to safety,” Klein said.
Birkholz ran in to help when he heard the shots.
“Most individuals when they hear gunfire they run in the opposite direction. But Officer Birkholz knowing that officers were in need of assistance, he was running toward gunfire.”
There were a lot of heroes that morning. One lost his life. Williams remains critical but stable and thinking of others.
“The first question he asked, he wrote out on a dry erase board was how everyone else is doing,” Klein recalls. “He’s a fighter.”
Experts have been brought in to help police officers cope. They are allowing officers to remain off duty until they feel ready to return to the street.
“You try to make sense of something that doesn’t make sense, and you know it’s difficult,” Klein said.

The procession starts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.  After the memorial service in Fond du Lac, the body will go back to Kenosha, where he will be laid to rest.

A funeral Mass for Officer Craig Birkholz will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Kenosha. Burial will be held at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.

Visitation for Birkholz will be held from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fond du Lac.

An additional visitation begins at 4 p.m. Friday at Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home in Kenosha. An officer lineup and tribute begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Raw Video Procession Begins for Fond du Lac Officer
By Jay Sorgi

KENOSHA - Fond du Lac Police cars have lined up to begin the procession to their home city as colleagues and friends mourn the loss of one of their own.

Officer Craig Birkholz was killed Sunday morning during a standoff .

Birkholz, from Kenosha, will be buried there after a funeral Mass Saturday.

Visitation was to happen Wednesday afternoon at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fond du Lac from 3-7 p.m., with a prayer service to follow.

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  2. Kim says:

    This is very sad! I agree that finding joy in anyone elses death or loss seems a bit heartless! My prayers to the Family! Hope your well Steve!