Governor Scott Walker presented special awards to 21 members of the Wisconsin State Patrol for saving lives and other exemplary service on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the State Capitol in Madison.
"All members of the State Patrol make our highways and communities safer through their professional and tireless dedication to traffic and public safety," State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald said. "But the members of the State Patrol who received special awards have demonstrated exceptional expertise and courage under extremely stressful conditions. They were nominated for their awards by their fellow members of the State Patrol for actions that go above and beyond their normal duties."
Captain Tim Carnahan of Wauwatosa, Captain Jeffrey Frenette of Eau Claire, Captain Charles Teasdale of Waunakee, Lieutenant Anthony Burrell of Milwaukee, Lieutenant Tim Huibregtse of Grafton, Lieutenant Paul Matl of Onalaska, Lieutenant Jack McMahon of DeForest, Lieutenant Gerald Voight of Eau Claire, and Sergeant Daniel Steele of West Salem (Commendable Service Awards):
After two years of planning and preparation, the State Patrol provided security and VIP transportation for the National Governors’ Association (NGA) meeting in Milwaukee from Aug. 1 to 4, 2013. Captain Tim Carnahan of the Southeast Region served as incident commander, and Captain Jeffrey Frenette of the Northwest Region served as the deputy incident commander. Serving in key command and staff positions were Captain Charles Teasdale of the Southwest Region, Lieutenants Anthony Burrell of the Northeast Region, Timothy Huibregtse of the Bureau of Public Safety and Communications, Paul Matl, of the Southwest Region, Jack McMahon of the Dignitary Protection Unit, and Gerald Voight of the State Patrol Academy along with Sergeant Daniel Steele of the Southwest Region. The security planning and execution for the event required an array of details that were identified, assessed, coordinated and managed effectively. The NGA event was successful and safe. For their outstanding leadership, the State Patrol officers each received a Commendable Service Award.
Editor's Note: The above information was provided to Patch via a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol.