New Green Bay police boat remembers former officer

Green Bay Police unveil a new water patrolling boat, June 7, 2018. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A new patrol boat is honoring a former Green Bay police officer who helped protect the waterways of the city for nearly ten years.

The 25-foot safe boat was previously operated by the U.S. Coast Guard out of Chicago.

The boat bears the badge number 165 on it, in honor of former Green Bay officer, Terry Halvorson, 56, who died in April of 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Halvorson worked for the department from 1989 to 2014. He served as a marine officer from 2004 to 2013.

Halvorson's widow, Carla Halvorson, says boat patrol was natural to him, growing up on the water in upper Michigan.

Current team leader, Officer Steve Scully describes Halvorson as "one of the best boat captains we have ever had."

Halvorson's family, including his young daughter, took the new boat for a spin. They say he'll be keeping a watchful eye on it, the same way he did all those years on the Fox River.

"I'm sure he is just really proud of his friends and colleagues," Halvorson says.

During a ceremony Thursday afternoon, Halvorson's family revealed the number on the boat.

To buy the boat brand new, it would have cost more than $200,000 but thanks to a government surplus and a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the department was able to get it for $40,000 plus equipment.

The safe boat will be replacing a 20-foot Pro-line boat that has been in patrol for the last 16 years.

The department also has a 30-foot Zodiac boat that patrols the Fox River.

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