Several Eau Claire police officers honored by state organization

MADISON (Press Release) – Tragedy often breeds heroes. Such is the case this year in Wisconsin where law enforcement officers have responded to unspeakable events, saved lives and lost some of their colleagues in the line of duty.

These are the officers the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) recognized May 19 at their annual convention in Wisconsin Dells.

The list of honorees is long and geographically diverse – from Superior to Racine, from Marinette to Eau Claire. More than 40 officers and civilians will receive recognition for their service to their communities.

“Law enforcement officers commit significant acts of bravery every day to keep our communities safe,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. “And that is especially true of this … Continue reading

Craig Birkholz Scholarship Award

John Primising, a Fox Valley Technical College Police Science student, was recently awarded the first annual Craig Birkholz College Scholarship. The recipient was awarded the $3000.00 scholarship on 12-27-2012 at the Fond du Lac Police Department. Presenting the award Front row (holding check) was Ashley Birkholz and John Primising, Back row (left to right) Lt Robb Duveneck, Gay Birkholz, William Birkholz, and Joe Braun of the FDL Area Foundation.

The Birky Challenge Scholarship Team awards an annual scholarship to graduates of a high school in Fond du Lac or Kenosha County high schools who are enrolled in a Wisconsin based … Continue reading

Eight Oak Creek officers to meet President Obama

OAK CREEK – The first eight police officers who responded to the Sikh Temple massacre are set to travel to Washington, DC this week to meet President Obama and receive top honors from the National Association of Police Organizations.

Many of the Oak Creek officers receiving the ‘Top Cop’ award have not spoken publicly about what happened on Aug. 5, 2012.

Officer John Finco’s wife dropped off treats that morning to celebrate his 20th anniversary with the department.

“My wife was delivering trays of food, where I met her right here,” Finco told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. “We got the call that there was a disturbance at the Sikh Temple.”

Within moments, plans for a celebration were dropped.

“I … Continue reading

Oak Creek Police Officers’ Heroics To Be Honored By President Obama At Rose Garden Ceremony

National Police Organization to Recognize ‘TOP COPS’

(MADISON, WI) – Last August, two officers rushed into a life-threatening situation, became targets and ultimately saved the lives of dozens of Sikh worshipers. Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy was shot 15 times before fellow officer Sam Lenda shot the perpetrator.

Chosen from hundreds of nominations from all across the country, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has selected these officers and others as winners of its prestigious TOP COPS Award®. NAPO launched its TOP COPS® awards program in 1994 to pay tribute to outstanding law enforcement officers for actions above and beyond the call of duty.

President Barack Obama will honor all the Oak Creek officers who responded … Continue reading