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Column: 'I really do owe my life to him,' Aurora cop says of slain Milwaukee officer

Among the thousands in that sea of blue on Wednesday, Feb. 13, who showed up from police departments across the country for the funeral of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner was an Aurora, Ill., cop who knew first-hand what a hero this man - buried on his 36th birthday - really was.

While serving a warrant on a suspect who allegedly manufactured and delivered narcotics, Rittner, a member of Milwaukee's SWAT team, was fatally struck by

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