Two Milwaukee police officers will be honored at City Hall THURSDAY
(SEPTEMBER 1) for their actions to help save a boy from the Menomonee
River in July while they were attending a tailgate party in a Miller
Park parking lot.
DETECTIVE ALEXANDER AYALA and OFFICER JOSE ACEVEDO – both assigned to
MPD’s District Two on the near south side – will be honored prior to the
start of the full meeting of the Common Council at 9 A.M. THURSDAY in
the third floor Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.
Detective Ayala, president of the Milwaukee chapter of the National
Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), and Officer Acevedo, the
community liaison officer for District Two and vice president of the
Milwaukee chapter of the NLPOA, were off-duty on July 26 and attending a
tailgate at Miller Park when a woman yelled that a six-year-old boy with
autism had wandered away from his father and was in the Menomonee River
near a pedestrian bridge. The officers rushed to the scene and saw the
boy struggling to stay above the water. They brought the boy to safely
on shore, where he was reunited with his parents and no medical
attention was required.
ALDERMAN JOSÉ G. PÉREZ, whose 12th Aldermanic District includes
District Two, said he looks forward to presenting the officers with
commendatory resolutions from the Common Council.
“The selfless actions of Detective Ayala and Officer Acevedo speak
volumes about their sense of duty and their caring about the wellbeing
of their fellow citizens,” Alderman Pérez said.
“They helped to prevent a potentially dangerous situation and
demonstrated that even when off-duty, Milwaukee’s law enforcement
officers are always there to serve and protect the community,” the
Public Relations Supervisor
Milwaukee City Clerk & Common Council
City Hall — 200 E. Wells St. Room 301-K
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3570
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