Beaver Dam Cops Recognized For Water Rescue

(Beaver Dam) At Monday night’s Beaver Dam Common Council meeting, Police Chief John Kreuziger recognized the four officers who jumped in the Beaver Dam River to rescue the driver in a fatal crash. Lieutenant’s Matt Riel and Eric Smedema and Officer’s Michael Kuehn and Ryan Borchardt were commended for braving cold temperatures and fast currents to save 23-year-old Cindy Lara-Esparza after her vehicle drove off of the Madison Street Bridge on April 2. She sustained non-life-threatening injuries but her 23-year-old boyfriend, Jared Frakes, was killed. Kreuziger says the courage shown be these four men were honored by their peers.  A merit review board made up of police officers, detectives, records clerks and supervisors made the recommendation to Kreuziger to award the four officers with the Superior Police Action Award. Kreuziger says the four officers put themselves in harm’s way in order to save a life. He says the officers used numerous technics and equipment as a team to rescue a person in a vehicle that was upside down. Kreuziger also thanked the Beaver Dam Fire Department for previous water rescue training that (quote) “came in handy that night” and for treating the officers for hyperthermia. Riel, Smedema, Kuehn and Borchardt were also given pins during this weeks Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission meeting.