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.