Sheriff honors law officers

Pictured (L-R):  Grantsburg Police Chief Dan Wald; Grantsburg Police Officer Joel Klatt; BCSO Dep. Patrick Carlson; BCSO Dep. Caryn Krupa and Sheriff Tracy Finch.

Burnett County Sheriff Tracy Finch presented several local law enforcement officers with Commendation Letters and Life Saving Pins on Tuesday, July 27 as a sign of appreciation.

“In law enforcement for Burnett County, every summer seems to be marked with a ‘big’ event.  Now, I am not talking about a fair or a get-together, I am talking about an unsavory situation where we have had to adapt and overcome,” Finch said. “The summer of 2021 is not quite complete, but it has been marked with some events of similar nature.”  

The Sheriff pointed out several recent incidents that had positive outcomes, due to the diligence, heroism and extra efforts by local law enforcement.

“In June, during a period of seven days, two people had their lives saved by the skilled use of our drone operators,” Finch said. “(BCSO) Deputy Patrick Carlson and Grantsburg Police Officer Joel Klatt both used the technology that our drone provides to safely bring two different people to safety.”

Sheriff Finch also noted the heroism of one of her own deputies, who made a life-saving effort recently.  

“In July, Deputy Caryn Krupa had to sacrifice her own safety by breaking the window of a burning vehicle and pull a person out to safety. She put herself directly in harm’s way to save this person’s life,” Finch said. “If it were not for the skilled and dedicated law enforcement of Burnett County the summer of 2021 would not be marked by saved lives. It would be marked by tragedy.”  

These three officers were part of a special presentation at the Burnett County Courtroom, where the awards and details were noted.

“Every summer there are countless situations that law enforcement acts on to prevent further injury, damage or death,” Finch added. “None of these situations surprise me, since I know how great our people are. This is just an opportunity to boast for those that would never do so for themselves.”

With information from the BCSO