Governor Evers, top state officials join in honoring State Patrol officers

Release date: February 18, 2021  

During the annual State Patrol awards ceremony, conducted tonight virtually, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recognized 77 officers and other patrol employees for lifesaving efforts and exemplary public service. Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson and Superintendent Anthony Burrell joined in thanking the award winners for their outstanding service.

"As we present these honors today, we are mindful of the courage and resourcefulness to respond to these situations where you find somebody perhaps on the worst day of their lives,” Governor Evers said. “Your willingness and selflessness to face danger in the course of your duties, to serve your fellow Wisconsinites, truly exemplifies the best Wisconsin has to offer."

"This year, as in no other year of our lives, has underscored just how much we all rely on good public servants, who dedicate their lives to helping people in the toughest emergencies, often times risking their own lives," Lt. Governor Barnes said.

"You provide leadership in times of crisis – on duty and off. Your training, experience and compassion make a difference in the lives of our citizens whether at a vehicle crash, a drug overdose, a mental health emergency or apprehending criminals who threaten public safety," Secretary Thompson said.

"While we are not able to meet in person - it’s important that we make opportunities like this, to recognize extraordinary individuals who have carried out their duties under extraordinary circumstances. Your actions have given people a second chance. Your actions have made Wisconsin a safer and better place," Superintendent Burrell said.

Award details

The award categories, the names of the 77 individuals recognized, and their posts are listed below. Details on each award can be found in the awards program or by selecting an individual's name below.

Lifesaving Award

Lifesaving Effort Award

Unit Citation - Milwaukee Strike Team

Pages 28 through 31

Unit Citation - Motor Carrier Inspection Unit

Pages 32 through 34


Special recognition

​Award ​Award recipient ​Post
Civilian Employee of the Year
​IS Network Services Senior
Jacob V. Berger 
​Dispatcher of the Year ​Law Enforcement Dispatcher Jean L. Bengtson ​Eau Claire
​Inspector of the YearInspector Scott E. Hlinak ​Fond du Lac 
Trooper of the YearTrooper David A. Fowles ​Waukesha 
Superintendent Commendation - Seatbelt Enforcement
Trooper Logan R. Christel ​Fond du Lac
​Superintendent Commendation -
Speed Enforcement
Trooper Gary A. Cowan ​Tomah
​Superintendent Commendation - Criminal InterdictionTrooper Danial A. Langer ​Wausau
​Superintendent Commendation - Criminal Interdiction Trooper Timothy S. Larson ​Deforest 
​​Superintendent Commendation-Impaired Driving EnforcementTrooper Allan L. Platt ​Tomah 
​Superintendent's Star of RecognitionSergeant James R. Sawyer



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