By JOANNE HAAS DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement
MADISON, Wis. — State officials on March 3. lauded 14 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens for heroic acts that included rescuing residents and pets from rapidly rising floodwaters, creating a chest seal to stop bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds and carrying a lost boy out of marsh for a mile at night as freezing temperatures moved in.
The wardens honored are:
• Wardens Kirk Konichek and Steve Pyfferoen, both of Rusk County, for their efforts on May 7, 2017, when they saved two hypothermic people from 50-degree water after their canoe flipped on the Flambeau River near Ladysmith. Konichek received the lifesaving award and Pyfferoen the meritorious service award.
• Warden Joe McMahon of St. Croix Countyfor his efforts on July 26, 2019, when he saved a man choking at a Willow River State Park campsite in the middle of a severe storm.
• Tim Werner of Marinette County for his actions to help save a person who collapsed after possible ingestion of unknown controlled substances in Marinette County on Sept. 1, 2019.
• Adam Stennett of Ashland County for his actions to savea man with a makeshift chest seal after the man had been repeatedly shot in Douglas County onSept. 2, 2019.
• Rich Maki of Sauk County for his efforts to help save two individuals from Devil’s Lake State Park on Oct. 9, 2019 minutes before one of them would have succumbed to hypothermia.
• Austin Schumacher of Rock County for his rescue-carry ofa lost boy for a mile out of a Rock County marsh on Nov. 1, 2019.
• Phil Brown of Ashland County for his actions to save two individuals from a swamped rowboat in cold Ruth Lakein Bayfield County on Nov. 10, 2019.
• Shawna Stringham of Vernon County, Ed McCann of La Crosse County, Cody Adams and Aaron Koshatka, both of Crawford County, all were honored for their day and night actions rescuing multiple people and pets on Aug. 28, 2018, when flooding in Vernon and Crawford counties rapidly invaded Kickapoo Watershed communities,trapping dozens of fearful residents including children, the elderly and pets.
• Wardens Jeremy Peery of Eau Claire and Dave Allen of the Marine Enforcement Team for their actions on Sept. 11, 2019, when they helped with a night search for an armed suspect in a large swamp in Clark County.