Emily Breidenbach: Beloved Chetek police officer killed in Wisconsin shooting

Emily Breidenbach
Emily Breidenbach died in the Wisconsin shooting


One of the two Wisconsin police officers killed Saturday during a traffic stop was the handler, Emily Breidenbach. Let’s see what happened to Emily Breidenbach in detail.

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Officer Emily Breidenbach was one of two cops shot and killed during a traffic stop on Saturday afternoon, according to family and friends in the Wisconsin town of Chetek. 

The second officer, who was not yet identified, was from the Cameron Police Department, which is located a few miles away.

Following a gunfight, both police officers passed away there and then. The suspect subsequently passed away at the hospital, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Inquiry, the organization in charge of the officer-involved shooting inquiry. 

However, the identification of the suspect was not yet released. On Sunday, a squad car outside the Chetek Police Department was covered with flowers and draped in black as a tribute to Officer Breidenbach.

Who was Emily Breidenbach?

One of the Wisconsin police officers killed in the course of duty on April 8, 2023 was Emily Breidenbach.

Mike Breidenbach, Emily Breidenbach’s brother, confirmed that his sister was the Chetek police officer who was shot and died on Saturday while performing her job duties.

Her friends and family members described her as “a kind, loving and caring soul and a good person”. She was a mother of two daughters.

According to Facebook posts, she was actively involved with the youth in the neighborhood, visiting local schools with a K-9 dubbed “Officer Grizzly,” and supporting the Chetek Youth Center.

Before being hired by Chetek PD, Emily Breidenbach worked in loss prevention for department stores. She recently applied for a trustee post because she wanted to improve the quality of our daily lives.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she served as the president of the Criminal Justice Club at Northcentral. She also volunteered for the Cops for Kids charity.

How did Emily Breidenbach die?

Family members confirmed that the Chetek officer who was killed in the shooting incident on Saturday was Officer Emily Breidenbach. 

Her brother remarked, “She was a great cop and an amazing person.” 

“She could have gone anywhere to work but loved Chetek. She spent part of her life growing up there while our dad was the Chief of Police for the same department. He retired from that department and we were all so proud of her when she was hired onto Chetek PD. Emily was such a huge part of that community. My heart breaks for Shane and the girls.” 

“She was a great role model and an amazing mother to their girls. We are all heartbroken and numb right now. She was my sister and I loved her very much.”

Several law enforcement organizations and the entire community is mourning the loss of the beloved police officer Emily. Tributes flooded social media after the demise news of Emily broke out.

Tributes to Emily Breidenbach:

Courage Incorporated posted,

We’re very saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Officer Emily Breidenbach of the Cheek, WI police department. Emily was an engaging officer in her community, a wonderful friend to many, and she had a generous heart. Emily was killed in the line of duty yesterday, April 8th.

We first met Emily in 2018 when Emily was working for Cabela’s sporting goods store. She organized a substantial donation for Courage Incorporated including several thousand dollars of merchanise including kayaks, a camp kitchen, and other much needed gear.

Her contribution helped propel our program offerings and our experiences to a whole new level. She was a genuinely caring person and we appreciate everything she’s done for us, and everything that she’s done in her own community. Our condolences go out to her family, her friends, and to the Chetek Police Department.

Pardeeville Fire Department posted,

Many in Pardeeville may remember former Police Chief Robert Breidenbach.
His daughter Emily, who followed him into law enforcement, was shot and killed in the line of duty April 8th during a traffic stop in Barron County, WI.
Our thoughts are with the Breidenbach family, the family of the other fallen officer involved, and all of our law enforcement brothers and sisters who put it all on the line everyday they wear the uniform.

Layne Yost posted,

A respected officer, a mentor, a role model, most of all a genuinely good person. RIP my friend.

James Woods tweeted,

I had to go to a local news station to get the name of the peace office murdered during the traffic stop I tweeted about earlier. She was Officer Emily Breidenbach, a much beloved member of the community. I haven’t been able to get the name of the officer from Cameron yet. #RIP

Kenneth Besosa Constitutional MAGA tweeted,

Prayers for Officer Emily Breidenbach’s family and friends.


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