DeForest Police Department honors officers and citizens for going above and beyond to help others

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DEFOREST, Wis. (WMTV) -- It's National Police Week and, as a way to show appreciation, DeForest Police Department honored officers and members of the community who've made significant contributions to help in times of need.

Awards were given to those who went above and beyond to save lives and help others and for officers doing kind acts, like using their own money to buy food for people in need, among many other efforts.

Chief James Olson was sworn in to lead the department in March and said this event was about honoring the excellent work of his team, others and moving forward, not only as a department, but as a community.

"We try to focus on the positive, the successful part of the job, because you see people at the worst moments of their lives. We try to focus on the good work that happens because there's a lot more good things that people don't hear about than the few negative things that people hear about, said Olson.

NBC15 Morning Anchor Meghan Reistad also emceed the event.