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Thank you for your interest in the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department.  I am very proud of the men and women who work here and I am confident that you will find them to be experienced, professional and courteous. 

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Awards Ceremony




Deputy John Williams
receives an award
at the Wisconsin Sheriff's and
Deputy Sheriff's Association Conference


BRIEF OUTLINE OF INCIDENT:  On the above date, Deputy Williams responded to a City of La Crosse call of a subject in the river.  Once on scene, Williams grabbed his squad PFD, removed his duty belt and entered the water to rescue the subject.  At this time it was noted that the subject was struggling to stay above water and was being swept downstream by the strong current.  Williams was able to get a hold of the subject and kept him above water until they were picked up by a civilian boat. 

DISPOSITION/RECOMMENDED ACTION:   Had it not been for Deputy Williams’ quick action, it is very possible that the subject would have drowned prior to a rescue boat reaching him.  His willingness to put his own life at risk to rescue another shows a rare brand of courage.  He is to be congratulated for his efforts.

     WSDS Pres, John Gutho, Deputy John Williams, Sheriff Steve Helgeson



Thank you to Fromm Pet Foods
who donates 4 star nutritional dog food
for our K9s (Saybie and Cliff)










This site was last updated on 02/04/2013 11:12:15 AM

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