Oconto Falls officer nominated as Hero of the Month

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Winner receives a pair of Haix boots

Times Herald Staff

Oconto Falls police officer Keith Fischer’s dedication to duty inspired firefighter Dakota Winkler to nominate Fischer as a Haix Hero of the Month. (Facebook.com/OcontoFallsFD)

An Oconto Falls police officer has been nominated to be the Haix Hero of the Month, an honor determined online by Facebook “likes.”

Officer Keith Fischer was nominated by Oconto Falls firefighter Dakota Winkler, who credits the officer not just for his community service but for his work with kids — including the young Winkler.

Winkler said Fischer pushed him to be his best.

“I was in high school, and I was taking EMT classes on top of working at a sub shop. Often times when I was working he would come in, order his sub, and when it was slow, we would sit down and talk about life like a father talks to his son,” Winkler wrote. “He really encouraged me to keep going and better myself even though the hours and all the combined homework was grueling and daunting.”

Winkler said he is still learning from Fischer’s dedication to duty.

“He definitely stands out to all of us firefighters for going above and beyond his call of duty,” he said. “I recall one time in the middle of our cold, Wisconsin winter when we had a Hazmat call for a semi that slid down a road and tore its fuel tank open. Keith was the officer that responded. He got out of his nice, warm patrol car, and he helped us set up traffic cones, secure the perimeter and direct traffic. He was not required to do any of this, especially in the freezing cold blizzard, but he went the extra mile because he knew it would help us out.”

People can vote for Fischer as Haix Hero of the Month by giving him a “like” on the link at the Oconto Falls Fire Department Facebook page. The officer receiving the most “likes” receives a pair of boots from Haix.