Trooper gets lifesaving award for burning vehicle rescue | News
State patrol personnel from Sun Prairie, Janesville and Baraboo were three of 21 members of the Wisconsin State Patrol awarded Wednesday at the State Capitol in Madison for saving lives and other exemplary service.
State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald said the special awards were given to members of the state patrol demonstrated exceptional expertise and courage under stressful conditions.
The awardees were nominated by their fellow members of the state patrol for actions that went above and beyond normal duties over the last year.
Off-duty trooper pulls vehicle occupants from fire
Trooper Edward P. Witkiewicz of Sun Prairie responded to a collapsed building report on Aug. 30, 2012 in Johnson Creek. He found a victim inside with a severe head injury who was slipping in and out of consciousness and stabilized the victim's head and neck. He also cleared a path for firefighters to transport the victim.
On Nov. 4, 2012, Witkiewicz rescued people from a burning vehicle while off-duty near Mauston and New Lisbon. He used his fire extinguisher to break windows and crawled inside the burning vehicle to help pull the occupants to safety.
The state patrol said Witkiewicz displayed great courage in remaining with an injured victim while the building was in jeopardy of collapsing. Though he was not able to attend the ceremony Wednesday afternoon, trooper received the Meritorious Service and the Lifesaving awards.
Sergeant leads life-saving effort for man who OD'd
On Nov. 10, 2012, Sgt. Eric Beine of Janesville helped give chest compressions and rescue breaths to a man who was turning blue at a Beloit Walmart. Beine worked with a pediatrician who was at the store with life-saving efforts on the victim, who medical responders determined was experiencing an overdose.
The state patrol said Beine received the Lifesaving Award -- his second -- for his decisive actions and effective leadership in a life-threatening situation.
A civilian state patrol employee was also awarded for her overall admirable work, the department said. Beverly Simonds of Baraboo provides support to the Motor Carrier Enforcement Investigation Unit and was given the Commendable Service Award for her highly motivated and self-directed work, the state patrol said.
Nineteen other state patrol members from throughout Wisconsin were given awards Wednesday, the state agency said.