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Sawyer Co. authorities call setting officer memorial ablaze a “cowardly act”

Deputy memorial
Credit: Sawyer County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Memorial 2
Credit: Sawyer County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Villiard
Credit: Officer Down Memorial Page
Deputy Michael Villiard

Sawyer County (WQOW) - Sawyer County authorities say someone set ablaze a memorial for a deceased deputy. Now, they are hoping to find out who did it.

Deputies were called to the memorial for Deputy Michael Villiard in the village of Couderay on Tuesday night after 10:30.

Villiard was killed in 1998 while responding to a call of a person who wasn't breathing. According to the "Officer Down Memorial Page" he was trying to avoid a head-on crash when he lost control of his cruiser and rolled several times.

Deputies said when they got to the memorial on Tuesday night they found evidence the memorial had been intentionally set on fire.

The sheriff's office is calling it a "cowardly act" and asking anyone with information to come forward. If you have information you are asked to call dispatch at 715-634-5213 or submit it online at  Anonymous tips are welcome.

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