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Sheriff’s awards include lifesaving rescues

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Ted Sullivan
April 12, 2010
— When Rock County sheriff’s deputy Luke Ducharme had a suicide call, he acted quickly on his feet.

Rock County Crisis Intervention received a cell call July 13 from a woman considering suicide after her husband’s death.


Ducharme had the Rock County Communications Center use its GPS software to find the general area of the woman’s location.


He then asked the center to check for recent fire calls in that region, leading to an address where a man had died of cancer a month earlier.


Ducharme went to the address and found the woman in a lethargic, somewhat unresponsive state. She had overdosed on sleeping pills.


Ducharme saved the woman’s life, and he will be awarded with the Certificate of Lifesaving Award on Wednesday during the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Awards Program.


“Your fast actions and resourcefulness prevented a tragedy and allowed the victim to receive the help she so desperately needed,” Sheriff Bob Spoden wrote on the award. Others being awarded include:

--Sgt. Dale Byer, National Defense Award, for serving in Iraq.


--Capt. Russell Steeber, Certificate of Community Service, for serving on the Janesville City Council and other organizations.


--Deputy Benjamin Riemer, Certificate of Lifesaving Award, for using mouthto-mouth resuscitation to revive a 76-year-old man with no pulse.


--Deputy Paul Kremer, Certificate of Lifesaving Award, for helping save the victim of a heart attack.


--Deputy Josh Molter, Certificate of Lifesaving Award, for helping save the victim of a heart attack.


--Officer Christian Chilson, Town of Fulton Police Department, Certificate of Lifesaving Award, for helping save the victim of a heart attack.


--Detective Brian Meister, Deputy of the Year, for his expertise on Internet crimes and for leading the detective bureau in criminal arrests.


--Correctional officer Kyle Pack, Correctional Officer of the Year, for his abilities and leadership while working in the Rock County Jail.


--Administrative secretary Jane Colby, Civilian Employee of the Year, for her professionalism, volunteer work and 37 years of service.


--Sgt. Jason Harding, Sheriff F. Joseph Black Leadership Award, for mentoring newer deputies and working on other sheriff’s programs outside his normal duties.


--Sgt. Aaron Burdick, Certificate of Sheriff’s Award, for motivating, influencing and communicating with co-workers and developing and commanding the jail’s new correctional emergency response team.


--Deputy Jeff Klenz, Certificate of Sheriff’s Award, for his work on the special investigations unit and for his 56 drug-related arrests in 2009.


The detective bureau and bureau of identification, Certificate of Unit Citation, for investigating the January 2007 stabbings and strangulations of Danyetta Lentz and her teenage children, Nicole and Scott. Investigators gathered evidence and testified at trial. Their work led to the conviction of James Koepp, 51.


--Paul Anderson, Certificate of Citizen Award, for helping save a victim of a heart attack.


--Lynnette Millard, Certificate of Citizen Award, for helping save a victim of a heart attack.


--Miles Jackson, Certificate of Citizen Award, for helping save a victim of a heart attack.


--Kutter Harley-Davidson, Certificate of Citizen Award, for supporting the law enforcement community and promoting motorcycle safety.


--Deputy Shawn Nolan, Certificate of Commendation, for making 55 drunken driving arrests in 2009.


--Deputy Ryan Ooms, Certificate of Commendation, for making 53 drunken driving arrests in 2009.


--Deputy Luke Ducharme, Certificate of Commendation, for making 45 drunken driving arrests in 2009.


--Deputy Dwayne Shaw, Certificate of Commendation, for making 45 drunken driving arrests in 2009.


--Deputy Beau Douglas, Certificate of Commendation, for making 40 drunken driving arrests in 2009.



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