(Beaver Dam) Two citizens were among those honored Sunday night by local law enforcement. The Dodge County Executive Law Enforcement Association held their annual banquet in Beaver Dam honoring officers, support staff and citizens who have made outstanding contributions to public safety last year.
Rick Rogowski and Anthony Gasper were presented with Citizen of the Year recognitions for helping to subdue a suspect who attacked a state trooper in June. The incident happened following a traffic pursuit after the suspect rammed his vehicle into the trooper’s squad car, exited and became aggressive. Rogowski and Gasper leapt into action and wrestled with the 21-year-old suspect who turned his attention to Rogowski long enough for the trooper to exit his vehicle. The suspect jumped on Rogowski’s back and punched him while Rogowski had one of the suspects hands secured behind his back. Rogowski rolled onto the ground struggling with the suspect because, as Rogowski puts it, he was not giving up the fight.
Three police officers were recognized for their life-saving efforts during the April fire at the Lakecrest Apartments in Beaver Dam. Officer Kevin Hall found a woman and a baby passed out in the hallway. Hall says there was thick black smoke and he could not see more than a foot in front of his face. Hall handed the baby off to officers Ryan Borchardt and Michael Kuehn. When the woman was dragged out of the complex, she was not breathing but, with the help of the officers on scene, eventually caught her breath.
Also recognized last night: Corporal Ryan Martin was named the Corrections Officer of the Year; Sandy Kooiman and Lt Christine Churchill were named Support Persons of the Year; Marlin Technologies of Horicon and Maas Brothers Construction of Watertown were singled out as Corporate Citizens of the Year; and Sergeant Dennis Walston was given the President’s Award.