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Statue unveiled honoring New Holstein police officer killed in crash

Police badge with black band (Reuters)
Police badge with black band (Reuters)

NEW HOLSTEIN, WI (WTAQ) - A new statue has been unveiled to honor a New Holstein police officer killed in an off-duty traffic crash. 

Andrew Hoefler died 17 months ago, when his vehicle collided with a car going the wrong way on Highway 57 east of Kiel in Manitowoc County. The other driver survived the crash, which is still being investigated by the State Patrol. 

The 22-year-old Hoefler had served on the New Holstein Police Department for almost two years when the crash took place. 

A large crowd looked on Sunday when New Holstein Police officials and the Lakeshore Tech Color Guard held a ceremony at the new statue. 

Chief Brian Reedy said Hoefler always volunteered to do things. Friends said Hoefler touched a lot of people through his service.