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Several Eau Claire police officers honored by state organization

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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

  •  Detective Michael Glennon, Eau Claire Police Department
  • K-9 Officer Jason Ruppert, Eau Claire Police Department
  • Lieutenant Brian Murphy, Oak Creek Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Sam Lenda, Oak Creek Police Department

Meritorious Award Winners

  • Patrol Officer Frank Miller, Racine Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Theodore Bodnar, Racine Police Department
  • Sergeant William Lear, Superior Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Todd Carlson, Superior Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Amanda Bauer, Waukesha Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Jan Corrigan, Waukesha Police Department
  • Deputy Sheriff Juan Rodriguez, Waukesha County Sheriff's Office
  • Deputy Sheriff Michael Doud,Waukesha County Sheriff's Office
  • Patrol Officer Adam Behnke, Brookfield Police Department
  • Police Officer Jacob Albee, Wausau Police Department
  • Lieutenant Mark Wagers, Marathon County Sheriff's Office

Citizens Award Winners

  • Dr. Doug Kratt, Central Animal Hospital
  • Dr.Kim Kratt, Central Animal Hospital


Certificate of Merit Winners

  • Officer Wayne Bjorkman,Eau Claire Police Department
  • Officer Gregory Erickson,Eau Claire Police Department
  • Detective Clayton Wanta, Eau Claire Police Department
  • Officer Jacob Gullickson,Eau Claire Police Department
  • Patrol Officer John Finco,Oak Creek Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Kelly Romel,Oak Creek Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Derick Slamka, Oak Creek Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Dean Kleinhans, Oak Creek Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Michael Schultz, Oak Creek Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Julie Grauberger, Oak Creek Police Department
  • Sergeant Bruce Furst, Marinette Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Jeffrey Cate, Marinette Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Craig Kopatz, Marinette Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Jeremiah Haile,Menominee Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Steven Hubert, Menominee Police Department
  • Police Officer William Charlebois, Portage Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Michael Kothe, Racine Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Richard Ropiak, Racine Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Christopher Brush, Racine Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Andrew Matson, Racine Police Department
  • Sergeant Michael Vanko, Racine Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Ryan Comstock, Racine Police Department
  • Patrol Officer Allan Wassil, Racine Police Department
  • Officer Daniel Bandi, Kenosha Police Department
  • Officer Kurt Zurcher, Kenosha Police Department
  • Officer Martin Howard, Kenosha Police Department
  • Officer Anthony Roberts, Kenosha Police Department
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