State Patrol officers earn recognition

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Two Oconto County troopers among the honorees

Times Herald Staff

Two state troopers from Oconto County were among 25 law enforcement officers honored during the Wisconsin State Patrol’s annual awards ceremony, held Thursday at the State Capitol.

Trooper Megan LaFave of Oconto received a Lifesaving Effort Award, and Trooper Alex Trofin of Little Suamico was awarded a Superintendent’s Star of Recognition.

The ceremony recognized 25 law enforcement officers for lifesaving efforts and exemplary public service. Seven officers received awards that involved administering the opioid antidote Narcan to overdose victims. As of Jan. 19, 2018, all Wisconsin State Patrol officers were trained and equipped to administer Narcan.

“Wisconsin is extremely fortunate to have so many outstanding law enforcement officers and emergency responders,” Gov. Scott Walker said. “These annual awards serve as powerful reminders of their extraordinary courage and dedication to duty.”

The Lifesaving Effort Award recognizes significant or prolonged lifesaving efforts. On March 24, LaFave and Trooper Jason Tauschek of New Franken responded to a report of an unconscious woman at a tavern in Pella. The officers learned the woman had choked on food before losing consciousness. Troopers LaFave and Tauschek performed CPR on the woman. Despite significant lifesaving efforts, the woman did not survive.

The Superintendent’s Star of Recognition honors distinguished or exceptional achievements in the performance of duties. The announcement said Trofin has built a reputation of excellence in performing a variety of duties, including highway criminal interdiction, crash scene investigation and as a field training officer. Within the State Patrol’s 11-county Northeast Region, Trofin provides vital leadership and professional assistance to several multi-agency law enforcement groups.