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VIDEO | Dist. 4 Alderman Koehler presents proclamation to David Gehrke

March 5, 2021 – West Bend, WI – A proclamation was presented this week by West Bend Dist. 4 alderman Randy Koehler to snowplow driver David Gehrke for his heroic actions to rescue a 5-year-old boy walking alone in freezing temperatures at 4 a.m.

The story originally was posted on WashingtonCountyInsider.com as Gehrke was starting his shift at 4 a.m. and found Maddox walking in -5 degree temperatures.

The good news has gone viral appearing in publications and networks in Kansas City, San Francisco, Mississippi, Milwaukee, and other national news outlets.

The story had a happy ending and neighbors heaped praise on Gehrke as many refer to him as the boy’s “guardian angel.”

David Gehrke and Koehler

“My fatherly instincts kicked in and I just did what needed to be done,” said Gehrke.

On Friday, March 5 the Knights of Columbus and The Columbian will also be recognizing Gehrke. The event is open to the public.

David Gehrke Day

The Knights of Columbus and The Columbian in West Bend are taking the lead to spread the good news and pay tribute to snowplow driver David Gehrke and recognizing him for his effort to help rescue a 5-year-old boy.

Businesses in the community are also joining in the recognition of a job well done.

Horicon Bank

West Bend Elevator

David Gehrke


Maus Jewelers


The Columbian will hold a recognition presentation on Friday, March 5 during its first Friday fish fry.

Everyone is welcome to come meet Gehrke and his family, Maddox, his mom, aunt and the treasured grandfather.

The presentation will be held at 6 p.m. The event will be livestreamed at Washington County Insider.

The Columbian opens at 4:30 p.m. for its regular first Friday fish fry.

The Columbian is hosting Bryan’s Fish Fry on Friday, March 5.  Serving from 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.. Hand-breaded, deep-fried cod, baked cod, deep-fried shrimp, and lake perch. Each dinner is served with homemade coleslaw, French fries, and rye bread.

Mary Moll

6 Chicken tenders dinner $9.00
2 piece Fried Cod dinner $10.00
3 piece Fried Cod dinners $12.00
3 piece Baked Cod dinners $12.00
10 Deep Fried Shrimp dinners $12.00
6 piece Lake Perch dinner $13.00
10 piece Deep-Fried Scallops dinner $13.00
The Columbian is practicing social distancing and staff wears face coverings for your safety.

Dine in or carry out is available.

Bar opens at 4 p.m. for your beer or cocktail order.

Carry out orders should be called into The Columbian 262-334-9849

This event is open to the public

Come out and enjoy a wonderful fish fry and salute David Gehrke.

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