City Times Staff
Gov. Walker presents awards to Wisconsin State Patrol officers for heroism and commendable service.
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker recognized over a dozen in law enforcement on Wednesday for their heroic efforts in public service; and a Wisconsin Rapids native was among those recognized.
Wisconsin State Trooper James Kitowski, of Wisconsin Rapids, was recognized along side Wisconsin State Trooper Mitch Butterbrodt of Beaver Dam for the Lifesaving Award.
According to a Department of Transportation news release:
On Feb. 4, 2017, Troopers Kitowski and Butterbrodt assisted with stopping a driver following a high-speed pursuit in Portage County. When the driver attempted suicide by cutting his throat, Trooper Kitowski applied pressure to minimize the bleeding while Trooper Butterbrodt provided chest compressions. Once stabilized, the driver was transported to an area hospital, underwent surgery and survived the incident.
“Every day, across our state and nation, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders risk their lives to serve and protect the public,” said Walker. “This annual awards ceremony is an opportunity to recognize Wisconsin State Patrol officers that have demonstrated extraordinary courage and compassion in the course of their duties.”