La Crosse police honored officers and community members during a ceremony Wednesday held as part of National Police Week.
Citizen Award of Excellence to Margaret Meier, who alerted police to the poor living conditions at 917 S. Fifth Ave. The property later was condemned and razed.
Traffic Safety Award to officer Casey Rossman, who helped maintain traffic safety and led the department with 158 traffic citations in 2017.
Chief’s Achievement Award to officer Whitney Hughes, who coordinated volunteer service projects for officers. Projects included working at the Wafer Food Pantry, a book drive and an art and school supply drive.
Life Preservation Award to officer Jared Reed, who helped save a woman’s life using an automated external defibrillator.
Life Preservation Award to officers Tony LeQue, Todd Fischer and officer Brad Schomberg, and a Citizen Award of Excellence to Joshua Leske. Leske notified police when he saw a man pushing a bike into his neighbor’s driveway on April 23, 2017. Officers were searching for the man, who they believed to be suicidal. The officers began searching woods near Leske’s house and found the man unconscious and seizing after consuming 250 sleeping pills. He later recovered.
Superior Achievement Award to officer Dominick Jacobs, who saved a suicidal woman on the Cass Street bridge.
Silver Star to officers Stephen Hughes and Andrew Adey, and Chief’s Achievement Award to dispatcher Jason Allen. Allen on Aug. 13 received a 911 call from a mother reporting that a man had stolen her car with her infant inside the vehicle. The driver fled from Hughes until he crashed on Eighth Street. Hughes pinned the car before the driver tried to escape and pointed at gun at officers. Both officers fired. The driver was killed and the child was rescued unharmed.