Two local law enforcement officers

have been nominated by their peers

for the Grant County Sheriff’s

Department’s Lifesaving Award.

That’s after Grant County Sheriff’s

Deputy Jerry Vesperman and

Police Officer Walt Dresen of the

Fennimore Police Department,

pulled a man from a car that had

crashed into the Big Green River

on County-T early last Tuesday (5/21).

According to Sheriff Nate Dreckman,

Deputy Vesperman and Officer Dresen

responded to a 9-1-1 call that a car

was submerged in the river and there

was one person trapped inside.

After getting to the scene of the crash,

both Vesperman and Dresen went

into chest deep, swiftly moving water

to help the victim. Officer Dresen

dove underwater, and found the driver

alive in the car because of an air pocket.

The two officers then worked together,

freeing the man from the car and then

taking him to shore. That’s where he was

treated by the Boscobel E M S and

then taken to Boscobel Area Health Care.

Sheriff Dreckman says the two officers

are being nominated for the award, because

they put the life of the driver above their

own, and saved the man’s life.



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