Some of the awards recognize officers who saved lives or put themselves in physical danger. Others acknowledge accomplishments that have made Wisconsin’s public services more efficient and effective to meet WisDOT’s goal of highway safety.

“The State Patrol embodies the highest standards of professionalism and service. Those employees who’ve gone above and beyond to patrol our state’s highways, develop safety initiatives and streamline services are indispensable,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said.

Every year, award recipients are nominated by their peers who appreciate their dedication to the division’s values. Sworn officers and civilian employees are honored across all sections of the division of State Patrol.

“We all share the pride in our hearts as we recognize the exceptional individuals who have carried out their duties under extraordinary circumstances. Through these acts and achievements, you have made Wisconsin a safer and better place,” Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent Anthony Burrell said.

Secretary Thompson and Superintendent Burrell were joined by Governor Tony Evers during a virtual awards ceremony Thursday evening to recognize the award recipients.

“Whether enforcing our traffic laws and sharing information about the importance of safe driving, developing new transportation initiatives and services, helping folks get to work safely each day, or keeping traffic and the freight that our state’s key industries depend on flowing, State Patrol employees play a critical role in the safety of our people, our communities, and our state every day,” Gov. Evers said.

The annual awards ceremony was presented on Facebook.

More information about the awards recipients and their work is in the ceremony program and below.

Photos of the recipients are available here:

Lifesaving Award

Officer Post
Inspector Teresa Burchard DeForest
Trooper Matthew Chambers Tomah
Trooper Cody Digre Tomah
Trooper Cameron Doute Fond du Lac
Trooper Philip Goldman Eau Claire
Trooper Joshua Helmer Fond du Lac
Trooper Daniel Hester Fond du Lac
Trooper Christina Holtz Tomah
Trooper Carson Konkol Tomah
Trooper George Negron Wausau
Trooper Kevin Powell Fond du Lac
Trooper Daniel Restrepo Wausau
Trooper Ryan Roth Eau Claire
Trooper Christopher Saraniecki Spooner
Trooper Kory Schultz Fond du Lac
Inspector Joseph Stephens Waukesha


Lifesaving Effort Award

Officer Post
Inspector Teresa Burchard DeForest
Trooper Danny Daniels Waukesha
Trooper Jeffrey Hoffman DeForest
Inspector Brandon Howell Wausau
Trooper Robert Liddell Eau Claire
Trooper David Meredith Wausau
Trooper Zachary Mulholland Spooner
Trooper Daniel Restrepo Eau Claire
Trooper Kyle Scott Wausau
Trooper Trevin Szulczewski Wausau
Trooper Robert Unruh Eau Claire

Unit Citation

Production Support Unit
Section Chief David Harvey
Inspector Mark Fetzer
Geoffrey Grant
Scott Jennings
Brian Kalinoski
Inspector Travis Lauer
Jennifer Mobley
Inspector Thomas Tweedy
James Larson
Jacob Berger
Peter Blankenheim
Christine Goede
Fleet Installation Center
Trooper Brandon Ferrell
Benjamin Hoffman
Shelly Hughes
Shawn Murphy
Brandyn Rein
Jacob Rein
John Scherbert

Special Recognition

​Award ​Award recipient ​Post
Commendable Service Jessica Bader Headquarters
Commendable Service Lt. Col. David Fish Headquarters
Meritorious Service Trooper David Heinisch Waukesha
Meritorious Service Trooper Alexander Polizzi Waukesha
Meritorious Service Trooper Cody Rahn Waukesha
Meritorious Service Trooper Ryan Roth Eau Claire
Meritorious Service Trooper Briant Russell DeForest
Meritorious Service Trooper Keegan Williams Waukesha
Innovation and Excellence Section Chief David Harvey Headquarters
Innovation and Excellence Darlene Schwartz Headquarters
Innovation and Excellence Lt. Daniel Steele Retired
Innovation and Excellence Laura Vande Hey Headquarters
Superintendent’s Commendation Trooper Scott Darin Waukesha
Superintendent’s Commendation Trooper Christina Holtz Tomah
Superintendent’s Commendation (2) Trooper Justin Temperly DeForest
Superintendent’s Commendation Trooper Logan Christel Fond du Lac
Superintendent’s Star of Recognition Sgt. John Heffernan Retired

Employees of the Year

​Award ​Award recipient ​Post
Dispatcher of the Year Dispatcher Colleen Keough Fond du Lac
Inspector of the Year Inspector Josh Maurer Eau Claire
Civilian Employee of the Year Investigator Paul Schilling Headquarters
Trooper of the Year Trooper Allen Vick Waukesha
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