MADISON (Press Release) – Tragedy often breeds heroes. Such is the case this year in Wisconsin where law enforcement officers have responded to unspeakable events, saved lives and lost some of their colleagues in the line of duty.
These are the officers the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) recognized May 19 at their annual convention in Wisconsin Dells.
The list of honorees is long and geographically diverse – from Superior to Racine, from Marinette to Eau Claire. More than 40 officers and civilians will receive recognition for their service to their communities.
"Law enforcement officers commit significant acts of bravery every day to keep our communities safe," said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. "And that is especially true of this year's honorees."
Among those the WPPA will recognize this year are those Oak Creek officers who recently returned from a White House ceremony with President Obama honoring their heroics during the 2012 Sikh Temple massacre.
The WPPA began recognizing the heroic actions of law enforcement officers in 1946. Selected by a committee of rank-and-file officers from across the state, the WPPA annually recognizes the actions of officers and citizens for their outstanding service to their communities.
The May 19th awards banquet was held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, during its annual membership convention.
The full list of WPPA 2013 Service Award winners is as follows:
Award for Valor Winners
Meritorious Award Winners
Citizens Award Winners
Certificate of Merit Winners