Trooper Rowan

Governor Walker presented Trooper Carl Rowan, Black River Falls, with the Lifesaving Award at a recent awards ceremony.

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People don’t join law enforcement for the awards and accolades, but it’s always nice to be recognized for hard work especially when that recognition comes from the governor.

Recently Governor Walker recognized state troopers from around the state for their commendable service in the line of duty.

Local state trooper Carl Rowan, out of Black River Falls, received a Lifesaving Award for a July 4 incident.

“I was really quite humbled to be recognized,” Rowan said.

On that day Rowan responded to a rest area along Interstate 94 in Jackson County for a report of a person having a seizure.

He was directed to an unresponsive female lying in the sleeper berth of a semi unit.

After determining the person was pulse-less and not breathing, Rowan immediately began CPR and assisted EMS personnel in transporting the patient to a hospital.

“I’m just glad I was in the area and able to help,” Rowan said.

Despite the circumstances, Rowan said it was just another day on the job and he tries to be prepared for everything, every day.

Trooper Rowan has been a state trooper for 15 years.

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Stephen Knoll is a reporter for Jackson County Chronicle. Contact him at 715-284-0085.

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