Services set for Ryan Copeland, McFarland police officer killed in crash

JANESVILLE — Services will be held in Janesville Tuesday, December 1st for McFarland Police Officer Ryan Copeland, who was killed in a crash while on duty.

The 33-year-old Copeland had been a K-9 officer with the McFarland Police Department since 2013.

Dane County authorities say a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources pickup truck crossed the center line of a highway and hit Copeland's squad car head-on November 23rd in rural Dane County.

Police officer killed in crash in Dane County



Copeland's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church in Janesville. The avenue outside will be closed from 8 a.m. until the procession to Mount Olivet Cemetery, around 1 p.m. The public is invited to watch the procession.

Visitations are set for Monday evening at the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home and just before the service at the church.

Procession for McFarland Police Officer Ryan Copeland killed in crash



Additionally, Governor Scott Walker has ordered flags be lowered to honor Copeland.

Walker issued an executive order to lower the flags of the United States and of the State of Wisconsin on Tuesday, December 1st.

“Officer Copeland’s legacy shows his true dedication to serving and protecting both his community and his country.  We thank him and his family for his service in the United States Army, including his time as a Special Forces Green Beret, as well as for his time spent on the force in McFarland.  Tonette and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends as they mourn his loss," Walker said in a statement.