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Police lead procession after 33-year-old McFarland officer killed in head-on crash in Dane Co.

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Ryan Copeland

TOWN OF ALBION — A procession was held Tuesday, November 24th for a police officer killed a crash with a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources vehicle in a rural area of Dane County on Monday afternoon.

Police led the procession of the vehicle carrying the officer’s body. The procession began in Madison and went through McFarland — ending at a funeral home in Janesville.

WMTV-TV (http://bit.ly/1leklAe) reports it happened around noon Monday, November  23rd on County Highway N in the Town of Albion. Authorities say the officer had just started his shift.

Police officer killed in crash in Dane County

Police officer killed in crash in Dane County

Dane County sheriff’s spokeswoman Elise Schaffer says a 25-year-old Fitchburg woman in a DNR pickup truck crossed the center line and hit the officer’s squad car head-on.

Schaffer says the woman was working as a DNR employee at the time. She was taken to a Janesville hospital with minor injuries.

The officer is identified as 33-year-old Ryan Copeland of Janesville. Copeland had served as a K-9 officer with the McFarland Police Department since 2013.

The accident remains under investigation.

Procession for McFarland Police Officer Ryan Copeland killed in crash

Procession for McFarland Police Officer Ryan Copeland killed in crash

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