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Raiders Honor Memory of Slain Racine Police Officer John Hetland with Helmet Decal

Racine Raiders Helmet Showing Memorial Badge Number Sticker for Officer John HetlandAstute Racine Raiders fans, or those with good eyesight, may have noticed an addition to the Raiders uniforms over the past several weeks. The Racine Raiders have been honoring slain City of Racine police officer John Hetland by wearing a decal on their helmets and will do so for the remainder of the 2019 season. The decal is a black circle with Hetland’s badge number, 1928, printed in white with a blue line through the badge number. The team began wearing the decals at the home game against the Fox Valley Force.

Hetland was shot and killed trying to stop an armed robbery at Teezers Bar and Grille on Monday, June 17. He was off-duty enjoying dinner with a friend at the time. An inter-agency operation led to the capture of Hetland’s suspected killer just ten days after the shooting and less than 24 hours after he was laid to rest. 

Slain Racine Police Officer John HetlandHetland was a 24-year veteran of the police force and was just months from retiring. He was born in Racine and attended Knapp Elementary School, Mitchell Middle School, and Park High School, graduating from Park in 1988. Hetland leaves behind a wife and two children, along with many other relatives.

There is a Facebook page encouraging people to keep Officer Hetland’s love for his community going by paying it forward. The group, Our Hero – Paying It Forward for John Hetland, encourages people to do something kind for someone else. The group has business cards available so when someone pays it forward, they can give the card to the other person or group to try and keep the goodwill going.