Governor Evers/State Patrol recognize law enforcement officers, public and private citizens for heroism and commendable service

​Release date: October 30, 2019

Middleton, Wis. As part of the annual State Patrol awards ceremony today, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recognized 59 people including law enforcement officers, other government employees and citizens for lifesaving efforts and exemplary public service.

“Every day, Wisconsin's emergency responders go above and beyond the call of duty to serve and protect our communities and folks across our state," Governor Evers said. “These annual awards provide an important opportunity to recognize their extraordinary dedication and professionalism, and to thank them for their service."

Along with enforcing traffic laws, assisting stranded motorists and inspecting commercial motor vehicles, State Patrol officers serve in many roles including K-9 handlers, drone and aircraft pilots, and crash reconstruction experts. The next State Patrol recruitment cycle – when men and women can apply to serve as troopers or inspectors – begins November 11, 2019, and ends January 12, 2020. More information can be found at wistatepatroljobs.wi.gov.

The award categories, individuals recognized, their agency and hometowns are noted below. Details on each award can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) website. Digital photos of the recipients receiving their award will be posted at the following Google Drive and WisDOT FTP locations:

Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ohs8UpWaltL5slNClmzi7NLGI3L4pQVm

WisDOT FTP: ftp://ftp.dot.wi.gov/dbm/bs/ccs/2019-Wisconsin-State-Patrol-Awards-Ceremony/

Lifesaving Awards (efforts that maintained or saved a life)

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Sgt. Clarissa Justmann

North Fond du Lac PD

 

Andrew Radovan       

Civilian

 

Sgt. Clint Beck           

State Patrol

Eden, WI

Sgt. Luke Newman

State Patrol

Fond du Lac, WI

Trooper Jordan Matuseski     

State Patrol

Beaver Dam, WI

Trooper Coady Schiltz           

State Patrol

 

Inspector Mark Barlar

State Patrol

 

Sgt. Clarissa Justmann

North Fond du Lac PD

 

Trooper Brock Rizzo  

State Patrol

Spooner, WI

Trooper Jeff Zuzunaga          

State Patrol

 

Trooper Darrick Lorbecki       

State Patrol

 

Trooper Timothy Westphal    

State Patrol

Minocqua, WI

Inspector Creighton Schwark

State Patrol

Brown Deer, WI

Trooper Jeff Splinter              

State Patrol

 

Trooper Ryan Rattunde

State Patrol

Necedah, WI

Trooper Todd Carl

State Patrol

 

Sgt. Jennifer Austin

State Patrol

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Carmen D. McVane

Civilian

 

Trooper Michael Knowlton

State Patrol

Rochester, MN

Inspector Jerrick Krueger

State Patrol

Ozaukee County

Lifesaving Effort Awards (recognizes significant or prolonged lifesaving efforts)​

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Trooper Jon Kersten

State Patrol

 

Trooper Dave Meredith

State Patrol

 

Officer John White

Brookfield Police Dept.

 

Trooper David Gibson

State Patrol

Fond du Lac, WI

Trooper Mark Samborski

State Patrol

 

Trooper Logan Christel

State Patrol

 

Brian Payne

Law enforcement dispatcher

 

Inspector Creighton Schwark

State Patrol

 

Inspector Dylan Strasburg

State Patrol

Lake Mills, WI

Trooper Anna Waterman

State Patrol

Amery, WI

Trooper Troy Stage

State Patrol

 



 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  

Commendable Service Awards (highly creditable acts that are above and beyond normal job expectations/accomplishments that enhance efficiency/effectiveness)

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

John Scherbert

State Patrol

Endeavor, WI

Inspector Mark Barlar

State Patrol

Racine, WI

Inspector Karl Kronau

State Patrol

 

Robert Stein

State Patrol

 


 


 


 


 

Meritorious Service Awards (efforts that exceed duty expectations and place officers at risk)

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Trooper Anthony Olson

State Patrol

Bloomer, WI

Trooper Jacob Edwards

State Patrol

Sparta, WI

Inspector Travis Lauer

State Patrol

Edgerton, WI

Trooper Brandon Ferrell

State Patrol

 

Capt. Andrew Lyga

WI Dept. of Corrections

Edgerton, WI


 


 


 


 


Trooper of the Year

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Trooper Jamie Kahkola

State Patrol

Green Bay, WI


 


 
Inspector of the Year

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Inspector Ryan Schultz

State Patrol

Kronenwetter, WI​


 


  

Dispatcher of the Year

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Carol Walsh

Law enforcement dispatcher

Sand Creek, WI


 


  

Civilian Employee of the Year

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Paul Burkard

State Patrol 

Madison, WI


 


 

Unit Citation – State Patrol K-9 Unit (recognizes a work unit that has exhibited a significant degree of team effort)

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Sgt. Todd Brehm

State Patrol

Janesville, WI

Trooper Alex Trofin

State Patrol

 

Trooper Justin Glasener

State Patrol

 

Trooper Christopher Reyna

State Patrol

 

Trooper Dillon Larson

State Patrol

 

Trooper Evan Fox

State Patrol

 

Trooper David McCarthy

State Patrol

 

Trooper Derek Bergum

State Patrol

 

Trooper Darrick Lorbecki

State Patrol

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Superintendent Commendation Awards (recognizes employees who have achieved a superior level of proficiency in law enforcement activities)

Speed Enforcement

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Trooper David Arras

State Patrol 

Eau Claire, WI

 

 

 

Seat Belt Enforcement

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Trooper Ron Zenk

State Patrol 

 

 


 

Impaired Driving Enforcement

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Trooper Brett Boley

State Patrol 

Chippewa Falls, WI

Melissa Kimball

State Patrol Chem Test

Oconomowoc, WI


 


 


 Highway Criminal Interdiction Enforcement

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Trooper Zach Sincoular

State Patrol 

 


 


  

Superintendent’s Commendation

Award recipient

Agency

Hometown

Inspector Dan Slick

State Patrol 

Superior, WI


 


  

View this document online in the WisDOT Newsroom.

 

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov