Feb. 6, 2017 – West Bend, WI – West Bend Police Department Citizen Appreciation Award
David McManus, Christopher Delcamp, Jennifer Zaskowski, Jennifer Robertson
On February 16, 2016, David McManus, a patron at the YMCA, found a male subject unconscious in the locker room and found he was not breathing. David quickly summoned staff and helped move the subject so CPR could be administered. YMCA staff members Delcamp, Zaskowski and Robertson immediately began administering CPR and deployed an AED device on the man before West Bend Fire’s arrival.
The subject was hospitalized and had a strong chance of a full recovery thanks to the quick action by these four individuals. David, Christopher, Jennifer, and Jennifer are commended for their quick and skilled actions which undoubtedly saved the man’s life.
Jayden Raymond – On February 1, 2016, seven year old Jayden found her mother unconscious in their residence and dialed 911 to summon help. Jayden calmly provided the police dispatcher her name, address, and that her mom needed help. Jayden stayed on the phone with the dispatcher, answered questions and followed all the directions given. Throughout the call, Jayden remained calm and allowing West Bend Police and Fire to quickly arrive and handle the situation. Jayden is commended for her bravery and action in summoning help for her mother.
John & Pamela Sholund – On February 17, 2016, John and Pamela Sholund, residents at Cedar Ridge, found an 89 year old female unconscious and underwater in a hot tub at the facility. John and Pamela immediately pulled the female out of the hot tub and called 911. John checked for vital signs and was able to position the woman to allow her to regain her breathing. John and Pamela stayed with the woman and continued to care for her until help arrived. The woman has since made a full recovery. John and Pamela are commended for their actions which undoubtedly saved the woman’s life.
Gary Mays – On February 25, 2016, the Westbury Bank on W. Washington Street was robbed by a man with a knife. Bank employee Gary Mays followed the robber out of the bank and observed the robber enter a vehicle parked across the street. Gary called 911, provided the suspect and vehicle description, and followed the robber in his own vehicle. Gary continued to provide the police dispatcher information on the suspect’s location until officers were able to locate and take the suspect into custody and recover the money stolen in the robbery. Gary is commended for his refusal to be a victim and his willingness to get involved. His actions helped to solve this crime and immediately removed a dangerous criminal from the streets of West Bend.
Sandra Hansen – On April 3, 2016, Sandra Hansen was on a work break outside of Pick N Save North when she noticed an odor of burning rubber coming from the area of Heiser Chevrolet. While Sandra couldn’t find the source of the odor, she knew something wasn’t right and called the police. The responding officer located flames coming from an exhaust chimney on the roof of Heiser and called for the Fire Department, who quickly extinguished a fire in a heater unit and prevented any substantial damage to the building. Sandra is commended for her keen observations and willingness to get involved. Her actions clearly limited the extent of fire damage and saved the property of a local business.
Mary Schweiger – On April 9, 2016, Mary Schweiger saw a young girl walking on the side of the road on HWY 144 just north of the city and felt something didn’t seem right. Mary stopped to see if the girl was ok and summoned police when it became the clear she was in distress. Officers arrived and determined the girl was autistic, unable to care for herself, and had been reported as missing by her parents earlier in the evening. Mary is commended for her concern for a fellow human being and her willingness to get involved. Her actions ensured the young girl was returned home safely and reunited with her parents.
Kevin Dable & Hans Luedtke – On April 12, 2016, Kevin Dable and Hans Luedtke were shopping at Pick ‘n Save – North when they saw an employee being assaulted by a male shoplifter who was trying to flee the store. After the suspect punched the employee, the employee took the suspect to the ground and was holding his arms down as the suspect spit in the employee’s face. Kevin and Hans stepped in and helped the employee restrain the suspect on the ground until the police arrived. Kevin and Hans are both commended for their concern for a fellow human being and their willingness to get involved. Their actions prevented any additional injuries and ensured a dangerous criminal was removed from the streets of West Bend.
Joseph Henderson – On April 15, 2016, Joseph Henderson heard the fire alarm activated in his multi-family apartment complex and immediately smelled smoke when he entered the common hallway. Joseph investigated and located a clothes dryer and it’s venting on fire. Joseph immediately retrieved a fire extinguisher and used it to extinguish the fire. Smoke and water damage from the sprinkler system forced the temporary evacuation of nine families, however, Joseph’s actions saved the complex from substantial damage. Joseph is commended for his quick actions in extinguishing the fire and saving nine family homes and personal possessions.
Kirk Larson / Andrea Garrison / Jenaiya Stolper
On June 11, 2016, Kirk Larsen was swimming at the Regner Park Pond with his family when he discovered a young girl underwater and unresponsive.
Kirk immediately yelled for help and carried the young girl to shore where he was met by Andrea Garrison, an RN, and Jenaiya Stolper, a former CNA.
Andrea and Jenaiya had run to Larsen when they heard him yelling for help and immediately began CPR.
Kirk, Andrea, and Jenaiya are commended for their quick actions and life saving measures. Together, they provided immediate emergency medical assistance and gave the young girl the best possible chance of survival.
Nathan Geidel – On September 17, 2016, Nathan Geidel was listening to the police scanner when he heard a subject had stolen ammunition from Fleet Farm and fled the area on foot. As Nathan listened to the scanner, he noted that the search was nearing his residence a few blocks away. Nathan looked out his window and saw a male matching the suspect’s description enter his backyard and looked to be hiding. Nathan kept track of the suspect while his mother called police. Based on the information provided to the officers, the suspect was apprehended a short time later. Nathan is commended for his observation skills and willingness to get involved. His actions helped to solve this crime and immediately removed a criminal from the streets of West Bend.
Warren Arndt – On September 26, 2016, Warren Arndt was walking on the Riverwalk on Auxiliary Court when he observed an elderly man walking in front of him loose his balance and fall down the riverbank into the Milwaukee River. Warren immediately ran to the man, grabbed hold of his arm, and prevented him from falling any further into the river.
Warren called police and remained with the man until help arrived.
Warren is commended for his concern for a fellow human being and his willingness to get involved. His actions prevented the man from being seriously injured.
Siddharth Shankar – On September 26, 2016, Siddharth Shankar was shopping at Sendik’s when he observed a young female steal a purse out of an elderly woman’s shopping cart while the victim was looking away. Siddharth yelled for the female to stop as she tried to walk away with the purse. The female discarded the purse and fled the store. Siddharth followed the suspect out of the store and called 911, providing information to the responding officers. When he realized the suspect would leave prior to officers’ arrival, Siddharth stopped the suspect and held her until the police arrived and arrested her. Siddharth is commended for his observation skills and willingness to get involved. His actions helped to solve this crime and immediately removed a criminal from the streets of West Bend.
Ryan Fillion – On October 25, 2016, Ryan Fillion, a vendor at Walmart, was in the parking lot of the store completing paperwork when he saw a male subject running through the parking lot with a large flat screen TV. The subject quickly loaded the TV into his car and drove away at a high rate of speed. Ryan, correctly suspecting the TV was stolen, took a photograph of the vehicle and its license plate and provided the information to Walmart’s loss prevention staff and the responding officers. Based on this investigation, the suspect was identified and arrested for a series of crimes committed in multiple jurisdictions. Ryan is commended for his observation skills and willingness to get involved. His actions helped to solve this crime and immediately removed a criminal from the streets of West Bend.
Michele & Scott Lotter
On November 5, 2016, Michele and Scott Lotter were driving on S. 18th Avenue when they observed a purse in the intersection. Michele and Scott immediately pulled over, retrieved the purse, and turned it over to the police. The purse contained the owner’s identification, credit cards, and over $1,000 in cash.
Michelle and Scott are commended for their honesty and willingness to get involved. Their actions ensured the purse and its valuable contents were safeguarded and returned to the rightful owner.
On November 7, 2016, Mary Logan, an employee at The Cash Store on S Main St., recognized a customer in the business from a television news story about a female suspect wanted for attempted homicide in Green Lake County. Mary had worked with the customer the day before and thought she looked like the suspect. When she returned the next day, Mary was sure. Mary immediately notified the police and kept the suspect occupied until the police arrived and took the suspect into custody without incident. Mary is commended for her observation skills and willingness to get involved. Her actions ensured a dangerous criminal was removed from the streets of West Bend.
Heather Rank – On November 28, 2016, Heather Rank was driving in harsh winter weather on W. Washington Street when she saw a fifteen year old boy lying in the roadway near “Y” Drive. The boy had been struck by a car. Heather immediately stopped her car to protect the boy and provided first aid. Heather comforted the boy, kept him still, and stayed with him until the ambulance arrived. Heather is commended for her concern for a fellow human being and willingness to get involved. Her actions prevented the young man from being injured any further and provided comfort and reassurance to him during a traumatic event.
James R. Johnson – On January 5, 2017, James observed an intoxicated male subject who was having difficulty walking in the parking lot at Calvary Church. James was worried about the man due to his condition and the -15° below zero wind chill. James contacted the police and followed the suspect until officers arrived and took him into protective custody. James is commended for his concern for a fellow human being and willingness to get involved. His actions prevented the man from suffering serious injuries or death.
Megan L. Hiller – On January 22, 2017, Megan Hiller was parked in the Fleet Farm parking lot when she saw two subjects running out of the store and enter a running vehicle parked in the lot.
Megan had earlier noted the vehicle’s position and thought it looked out of place.
Megan immediately tried to use her car to prevent the waiting vehicle from leaving, however was unsuccessful. Megan kept track of the suspects and called police. Based on the information provided to the officers, the suspects were apprehended a short time later. Megan is commended for her observation skills and willingness to get involved. Her actions helped to solve this crime and removed several criminals from the streets of West Bend.
Jesse A. Clingan, Gerald F. Brugger, William & Kristyn Adams, Jennifer A. Oberg, Janice A. Opgenorth, Adam & Stacey Rady, Luke A. Vannatta
In the past year, these citizens all observed impaired drivers in the City of West Bend, followed the vehicle, obtained descriptions, and contacted the police. This information allowed the police to locate, stop, and arrest the drivers for OWI or Drugged Driving. These citizens are commended for their willingness to get involved. Their actions immediately removed dangerous intoxicated drivers from the streets of West Bend and ensured our roadways were safer for all.