Seventeen members of the Wisconsin State Patrol will receive awards for saving lives and other stand-out services.
Awardees are from Janesville, Belleville, Baldwin, Green Bay, Suamico, Fond du Lac, Howards Grove, Foxboro, Tomahawk, Necedah, Cedarburg, Schofield, Strum, Onalaska, Eau Claire, Knapp, and Endeavor.
"All members of the State Patrol make our highways and communities safer through their professional and tireless dedication to traffic and public safety. 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."
Sergeant Jeffrey A. Nelson of Fond du Lac will be receivng a Life Saving award for his actions after he encountered a minivan traveling the wrong way on US 41.
When Nelson pursued the car, the operator continued to drive erratically and other motorists had to take actions to avoid a crash.
The driver exited the highway the wrong way and Sergeant Nelson was able to stop the van at the top of the ramp.
As Nelson was talking with the Fond du Lac Post about the incident, he saw the person begin running along a concrete barrier toward an overpass bridge. Nelson ran and caught her before she tried to jump from the bridge onto the highway below.
Nelson requested an ambulance for the woman and put his own personal safety on the line for her.
Nelson will receive his award on September 19 at the State Capitol in Madison.
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