Friday, March 29, 2013

Jennifer Sebena

I was completely disheartened when I read about slain Police Officer Jennifer Sebena. Jennifer husband Benjamin Sebena is accused of shooting her to death and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has denied putting Officer Sebena’s name on their memorial wall. For those of you who are not familiar with The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund they are an organization that is set up to honor police officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Here is an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will meet April 3 to once again consider adding slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena to its memorial wall, according to the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.

The memorial fund first said it would not include Sebena, apparently because she was killed in a domestic violence incident. Last week, it announced it would delay the decision until next year.

Sebena's husband, Benjamin Sebena, is accused of shooting her to death Christmas Eve while she was on duty outside of a fire station. The memorial fund's main requirement for the memorial wall is that an officer must have been "killed in the line of duty," meaning "a law enforcement officer has died as a direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty." The fund's board of directors makes the final decision, and the fund is a private, nonprofit organization.

"This is the only issue on the agenda. We think this is a tremendous development and reflects the fact that people from around the country have heard about this and are actively expressing their outrage at the national memorial's decision to (not) give Officer Jen Sebena the same honor as many others that were killed under almost identical circumstances," WPPA executive director Jim Palmer wrote in an email Monday to the Journal Sentinel.

"We will continue to encourage supporters to reach out to the memorial board and we are optimistic they will make the right decision and honor Jen this year," he added.

More than 14,600 people have signed an online petition supporting Sebena. A Facebook photo from the WPPA compares the case of Sebena to that of Detective Norman Montion, who was killed in El Paso by a former business partner during a lunch break and is on the memorial wall.

The Journal Sentinel has contacted the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for

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I ask you to consider writing letters, calling, sending emails to let the Memorial Fund know that Jennifer’s name needs to be included on this wall. Just because she knew her killer doesn’t make it less of crime or have her death not be in the line of duty. She was on duty when she was killed and she was killed by someone committing a crime of domestic violence. In my opinion this is wrong. Jennifer should be honored just as those other officers who died in the line of duty.

The contact information is below for the CEO of The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

Craig W. Floyd
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Below is the link for their staff e-mails:
Phone: 202-737-3400
Fax: 202-737-3405

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Office
901 E Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20004-2025

Thank you for considering this request and for honoring Jennifer for her ultimate sacrifice.

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