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.
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 Effort Award
Unit Citation - Milwaukee Strike Team
Pages 28 through 31
Unit Citation - Motor Carrier Inspection Unit
Pages 32 through 34
For more information, contact:
WisDOT Office of Public Affairs