Heroes Behind the Badge - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Jorge R. Dimas

Trooper Dimas succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident two months earlier. More>>

William Schoenberger

Trooper Schoenberger was struck by a passing vehicle while at accident scene. More>>

Einar Johnson

Warden Johnson was shot and killed by an illegal beaver trapper. More>>

Robert B. Markle

Warden Markle died in a car accident. More>>

Mark H. Russell, Jr.

Drowned in boating accident while checking on fisherman. More>>

George Woodbeck

Chief Woodbeck had been directing traffic at the scene of a warehouse fire when he was struck by vehicle in a hit and run incident. More>>

Michael S. Villiard

Deputy Villiard was responding to an emergency call when his patrol car rolled several times. More>>

Fred Scott

Carl Johnson and Fred Scott were deputized as members of the Sawyer County Sheriff's posse tracking a subject, who while driving a car with stolen plates, had fled from a Sawyer County Traffic Officer two days before. More>>

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  • Jackie D. Ryden

    Jackie D. Ryden

    Officer Ryden and several officers responded to a reported fire in a local trailer park.More >>
    Officer Ryden and several officers responded to a reported fire in a local trailer park.More >>
  • Charles Z. Garland

    Charles Z. Garland

    Marshal Garland responded to a disturbance call concerning a drunken soldier.More >>
    Marshal Garland responded to a disturbance call concerning a drunken soldier.More >>
  • John Ray Coffey

    John Ray Coffey

    Patrolman Coffey was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an assistance call.More >>
    Patrolman Coffey was killed in an automobile accident while responding to an assistance call.More >>
  • John E. Sealy

    John E. Sealy

    Undersheriff Sealy was shot and killed as he and two other men approached a subject who they thought was a burglar in the railroad station.More >>
    Undersheriff Sealy was shot and killed as he and two other men approached a subject who they thought was a burglar in the railroad station.More >>
  • Patrick Boden McCready

    Patrick Boden McCready

    While responding to a domestic disturbance call, Chief McCready was shot at close range with a hunting rifle.More >>
    While responding to a domestic disturbance call, Chief McCready was shot at close range with a hunting rifle.More >>
  • Robert P. Bolton

    Robert P. Bolton

    Officer Bolton responded to a call at a woman's shelter after one of the residents was threatened by her boyfriend. As Officer Bolton approached the suspect's car, he was shot and killed.More >>
    Officer Bolton responded to a call at a woman's shelter after one of the residents was threatened by her boyfriend. As Officer Bolton approached the suspect's car, he was shot and killed.More >>
  • Stephen Joseph Hahn

    Stephen Joseph Hahn

    Deputy Hahn was killed in an automobile accident on I-94 while en route to pick up an inmate at the Jackson County Jail.More >>
    Deputy Hahn was killed in an automobile accident on I-94 while en route to pick up an inmate at the Jackson County Jail.More >>
  • Gordon R. Panck

    Gordon R. Panck

    Officer Panck was killed when his motorcycle collided head-on with another vehicle.More >>
    Officer Panck was killed when his motorcycle collided head-on with another vehicle.More >>
  • Gordon L. Heisa

    Gordon L. Heisa

    Deputy Heisa suffered a fatal heart attack during a high speed chase.More >>
    Deputy Heisa suffered a fatal heart attack during a high speed chase.More >>
  • Milton A. Coleman

    Milton A. Coleman

    Undersheriff Coleman and his brother, Deputy Charles Coleman were shot and killed while looking for a pair of robbery suspects.More >>
    Undersheriff Coleman and his brother, Deputy Charles Coleman were shot and killed while looking for a pair of robbery suspects.More >>
  • Arthur H. Zimmerman

    Arthur H. Zimmerman

    Shot by fellow officer because Zimmerman had confronted him about drinking on duty.More >>
    Shot by fellow officer because Zimmerman had confronted him about drinking on duty.More >>
  • Roy W. Jackson

    Roy W. Jackson

    Patrolman Jackson was shot by suspect while on stake-out.More >>
    Patrolman Jackson was shot by suspect while on stake-out.More >>
  • Robert J. Fulton

    Robert J. Fulton

    Sergeant Fulton was directing traffic at the scene of a fire when he was struck by a passing motorist.More >>
    Sergeant Fulton was directing traffic at the scene of a fire when he was struck by a passing motorist.More >>
  • Finlay Beaton

    Finlay Beaton

    Patrolman Beaton was shot by a look-out man after interrupting a robbery in progress.More >>
    Patrolman Beaton was shot by a look-out man after interrupting a robbery in progress.More >>
  • Fred C. Griffin

    Fred C. Griffin

    Shot while attempting to arrest three robbery suspects.More >>
    Shot while attempting to arrest three robbery suspects.More >>
  • James Lynch

    James Lynch

    Officer Lynch was working traffic control when he was struck by a car. The driver left the scene.More >>
    Officer Lynch was working traffic control when he was struck by a car. The driver left the scene.More >>
  • John E. Moore

    John E. Moore

    Chief Moore and Officer Bratz traveled to a neighboring town to serve an arrest warrant on suspect wanted for spousal abuse.More >>
    Chief Moore and Officer Bratz traveled to a neighboring town to serve an arrest warrant on suspect wanted for spousal abuse.More >>
  • Donald G. Spike

    Donald G. Spike

    Patrolman Spike was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic following a football game.More >>
    Patrolman Spike was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic following a football game.More >>
  • Richard F. Schinzing

    Richard F. Schinzing

    Schinzing succumbed to a heart attack while struggling with a suspect he was trying to arrest.More >>
    Schinzing succumbed to a heart attack while struggling with a suspect he was trying to arrest.
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  • John Gantenbein

    John Gantenbein

    Marshall Gantenbein was shot and killed when he intervened in a disturbance in a bar run by his son.More >>
    Marshall Gantenbein was shot and killed when he intervened in a disturbance in a bar run by his son.More >>
  • Richard G. Parquette

    Richard G. Parquette

    Corporal Parquette responded to a criminal damage complaint. As he went up the stairs, a male neighbor shot the officer 22 times with an AR15 assault weapon.More >>
    Corporal Parquette responded to a criminal damage complaint. As he went up the stairs, a male neighbor shot the officer 22 times with an AR15 assault weapon.More >>
  • John Joseph Kavajecz

    John Joseph Kavajecz

    Jailer Kavajecz died when the sheriff's squad car he was riding in, was struck by another automobile that failed to obey a stop sign.More >>
    Jailer Kavajecz died when the sheriff's squad car he was riding in, was struck by another automobile that failed to obey a stop sign.More >>
  • Louis E. Gagner

    Louis E. Gagner

    Patrolman Gagner died when he came in contact with a live electrical wire while directing traffic following a storm.More >>
    Patrolman Gagner died when he came in contact with a live electrical wire while directing traffic following a storm.More >>
  • Michael R. Baribeau

    Michael R. Baribeau

    Patrolman Baribeau was shot in an unprovoked attack while responding to a domestic disturbance call of a man with a gun.More >>
    Patrolman Baribeau was shot in an unprovoked attack while responding to a domestic disturbance call of a man with a gun.More >>
  • Jason S. Zunker

    Jason S. Zunker

    Deputy Sheriff Zunker was struck by a vehicle after responding to a fire. While directing traffic around the fire and emergency equipment, Deputy Zunker was struck by an oncoming vehicle.More >>
    Deputy Sheriff Zunker was struck by a vehicle after responding to a fire. While directing traffic around the fire and emergency equipment, Deputy Zunker was struck by an oncoming vehicle.More >>
  • Matt Olson

    Matt Olson

    Officer Olson was shot and killed while retrieving a stolen horse. He was 45.More >>
    Officer Olson was shot and killed while retrieving a stolen horse. He was 45.More >>
  • Wally L. Larson

    Wally L. Larson

    Sheriff Larson died in an automobile accident when his squad car collided head-on with a semi tractor-trailer.More >>
    Sheriff Larson died in an automobile accident when his squad car collided head-on with a semi tractor-trailer.More >>
  • Walter Gaik

    Walter Gaik

    Gaik died at the age of 58 after serving for 9 years. He was ambushed and shot by a 15-year-old while on patrol.More >>
    Gaik died at the age of 58 after serving for 9 years. He was ambushed and shot by a 15-year-old while on patrol.More >>
  • Adolph Jacobson

    Adolph Jacobson

    Constable Adolph Jacobson was shot in the back of the neck as he exited a house where he had just served eviction papers.More >>
    Constable Adolph Jacobson was shot in the back of the neck as he exited a house where he had just served eviction papers.More >>
  • Carl Johnson

    Carl Johnson

    Carl Johnson and Fred Scott were deputized as members of the Sawyer County Sheriff's posse tracking a subject, who while driving a car with stolen plates, had fled from a Sawyer County Traffic Officer two days before.More >>
    Carl Johnson and Fred Scott were deputized as members of the Sawyer County Sheriff's posse tracking a subject, who while driving a car with stolen plates, had fled from a Sawyer County Traffic Officer two days before.More >>
  • Oscar S. Harp

    Oscar S. Harp

    Deputy Harp, accompanied by fellow deputies, were attempting to arrest a man wanted in a shooting incident.More >>
    Deputy Harp, accompanied by fellow deputies, were attempting to arrest a man wanted in a shooting incident.More >>
  • Allen Albee

    Allen Albee

    Deputy Albee was shot by a suspect wanted in connection with another shooting.More >>
    Deputy Albee was shot by a suspect wanted in connection with another shooting.More >>
  • Charles G. Coleman

    Charles G. Coleman

    Deputy Charles Coleman, 40, and his brother, Undersheriff Milton Coleman were shot and killed while looking for a pair of robbery suspects. The suspects fled.More >>
    Deputy Charles Coleman, 40, and his brother, Undersheriff Milton Coleman were shot and killed while looking for a pair of robbery suspects. The suspects fled.More >>
  • Clarence J. Erickson

    Clarence J. Erickson

    Patrolman Clarence Erickson was shot and killed when he attempted to apprehend a suspect who had just shot Patrolman Lee Murphy of the St. Croix County Highway Patrol.More >>
    Patrolman Clarence Erickson was shot and killed when he attempted to apprehend a suspect who had just shot Patrolman Lee Murphy of the St. Croix County Highway Patrol.More >>
  • Deborah M. McMenamin

    Deborah M. McMenamin

    Trooper Deborah McMenamin was struck by a vehicle while issuing a traffic citation.More >>
    Trooper Deborah McMenamin was struck by a vehicle while issuing a traffic citation.More >>
  • Elmer Sundby

    Elmer Sundby

    Chief Sundby was killed by gunfire while pursuing a street car robber.More >>
    Chief Sundby was killed by gunfire while pursuing a street car robber.More >>
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