Fallen

In Memoriam Officer Charles Irvine Jr.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

Chief Alfonso Morales of the Milwaukee Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Charles Irvine Jr.

Officer Irvine, 23, and his partner were involved in a single vehicle crash while pursuing a reckless driver. During the pursuit, the driver lost control of the patrol vehicle, which left the roadway, overturned several times and struck a cement bridge support at an overpass.

Irvine sustained critical injuries in the crash. His partner, Officer Matthew Schulze, 36, was identified as the driver, reported the Journal Sentinel. Schulze is a four-year-veteran of the department.

Both officers were transported to Froedtert Hospital where Irvine died of his injuries. One report indicated that one of the officers, possibly Irvine, was partially ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

The suspected reckless driver that was being pursued by the officers has been located and taken into custody.

Schulze was treated and later released from Froedtert Hospital, Morales said during a news conference Friday.

Morales described Irvine as a dedicated public servant “with a stellar work ethic who never complained.”

“Our Milwaukee police family is suffering,” the chief said. “We lost one of our own. … He was a funny and quiet officer who did great impersonations and would give his shirt off his back.”

Irvine graduated in 2013 from Milwaukee Lutheran High School, where principal Adam Kirsch on Friday called him “a great all-around student.”

Kirsch described Irvine as quiet and religious.

“He just exemplified what our mission is about,” Kirsch said of Irvine, whom he knew as Chuckie. “He had a relationship with his Lord and savior. He identified what his gifts and passions were, and he identified ways he could use them.”

Irvine attended Northwest Lutheran School for elementary school and Covenant Lutheran Church.

As a senior in high school, Kirsch said, Irvine expressed an interest in “some type of service career.”

Charles Irvine Jr. served the Milwaukee Police Department for a total of four years; two years as a police aid when he joined the department at the age of nineteen and was sworn in as a uniformed officer at the age of twenty one. He was assigned to District Four.

On Friday morning, Governor Scott Walker ordered the U.S. flag and State of Wisconsin flag to be lowered through sunset on the day of internment.

Irvine’s death is the first on duty death for the Milwaukee Police Department in 22 years. He is the 62nd officer to die in the line of duty since the inception of the department in 1884.

His parents and siblings survive him.

Officer Charles Irvine Jr. is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Charles Irvine
(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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