Matthew Rittner, the fallen Milwaukee police officer, served two tours of duty in Iraq

Matthew Rittner was not afraid to face danger, whether on the dusty roads of Iraq or the streets of Milwaukee.

As a U.S. Marine, he was deployed twice to Iraq. During a harrowing tour in 2004-'05, Rittner was in vehicles hit three times by roadside bombs and was in a 4½-hour firefight in which a fellow Marine was killed.

And as a 17-year veteran officer with the Milwaukee Police Department, Rittner rose through the ranks to handle high-risk situations as a member of the Tactical Enforcement Unit.
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