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K9 Officer Ryan Patrick Copeland | McFarland Police Department, Wisconsin McFarland Police Department, Wisconsin

K9 Officer

Ryan Patrick Copeland

McFarland Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Monday, November 23, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 3 years

Badge # K8435

Military veteran

Cause: Automobile accident

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K9 Officer Ryan Copeland was killed in a vehicle collision on County Highway N, near Bublitz Road in the town of Albion, at approximately 12:30 pm.

He was just beginning his shift and was traveling westbound when a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources pickup truck crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. Officer Copeland succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

It is believed that the DNR vehicle went out of control due to slushy conditions during a period of snow.

Officer Copeland was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the McFarland Police Department for three years.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Ryan was killed.

To the Copeland family, fellow officers, and all who call Ryan beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Copeland gave to his community and the citizens of Wisconsin and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 23, 2015.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of Pittsburg fallen officer Larry Laster, how 4/24/05
June 22, 2016

 

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