Tuesday’s South Milwaukee City Council meeting was one of my favorite ones of the year — our chance to recognize police officers and citizens for their life-saving and heroic acts, and all-around good work and partnership.
In all, six officers, one public safety officer, two auxiliary officers, three citizens and one business were honored with awards as part of National Peace Officers Week. Here is a full list of winners, and their stories.
I congratulate and thank all of them. Among the stories …
Investigator Hill – nominated by Officer Rivamonte
On December 20, 2014 at approximately 9:44pm the South Milwaukee Police Department took a report of a suicidal subject who had slashed his wrists and left his mother’s residence on bicycle. Officers were given the general area of Grant Park to search for the subject who was in a mental health crisis. After searching for a significant amount of time Investigator Hill located the subject’s bicycle hidden in some bushes; after searching the area he located the subject. The subject was unconscious and bleeding from cuts to both wrists. Investigator Hill provided immediate medical assistance to the subject. Officers carried the subject to Lake Drive so the South Milwaukee Fire Department could treat his injuries. If Investigator Hill had not continued to search for the subject he would have died in Grant Park that evening (it was cold 15 degrees and the subject was not properly clothed).
Officer Dews, Officer Fournier, PSO Maxim and Auxiliary Officer Ceparski – nominated by Officer McLean
On February 16, 2015 at approximately 3:27am the South Milwaukee Police Department received a 911 transfer call from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. PSO Maxim was unable to speak with the 911 caller as the phone call ended prior to transferring. PSO Maxim was unable to make contact with the 911 caller as calls went to voicemail. PSO Maxim advised officers the 911 caller had reported he had fallen in the woods in Grant Park near the lagoon. PSO Maxim looked up the 911 coordinates to assist in locating the caller. Officers searched the area described by the 911 caller and found him lying on the snow covered ground. The subject was unable to stand and officers carried him to the roadway where the South Milwaukee Fire Department took over and transported the man to St. Luke’s South Shore for medical treatment. Had the officers not located the man he possibly would have died due to the cold weather conditions.
Mrs. Phylis Stoesser
Lt. Milow nominated Mrs. Stoesser for a Citizen’s Recognition Award for her actions on July 2, 2014.
On July 2, 2014 the South Milwaukee Police Department took a report of a missing elderly woman with early stage dementia/Alzheimer’s from the 1500 block of Manitowoc Avenue. Mrs. Stoesser observed an elderly woman near her residence (1000 Block of N. Chicago) who appear confused and lost. Mrs. Stoesser engaged the woman in conversation and then began to follow her as she continued to walk on N. Chicago. Mrs. Stoesser notified the police department who upon arriving at the scene determine the elderly woman to be the one missing from the 1500 block of Manitowoc Avenue. Mrs. Stoesser’s compassion and concern for the woman is commendable.
The department also honored longtime former auxiliary officer Kurt Olson for his volunteer service to the city, and Mike Wolf, manager of the South Milwaukee Walmart, for their support of the Shop with a Cop program and Community Night Out.