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2023 WLECHA Awards
*Click on the Officer/Deputy name to read the Nomination Form/Incident*

K9 Handler of the Year: 
Officer John Parker - Fitchburg Police Department
K9 Rookie Handler of the Year: 
Officer Nathan Birkholz - Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office
Meritorious K9 Apprehension: 
 Officer Andrew Hoffman - Monona Police Department
Meritorious Track with Apprehension: 
Officer Dawn Hanizeski - Oak Creek Police Department
Meritorious Narcotics Find: 
 Deputy Nathan Birkholz - Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office
Meritorious Track: 
Deputy Christopher Hemauer - Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office
Meritorious Article Find: 
Officer Aron Bechler - Glendale Police Department



 

Merit Award - K9 Retired or End of Watch: 
Officer JJ Ament - K9 Condor - New Berlin Police Department
Deputy Kurt Clemens - K9 Nox - Racine County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Ed Drewitz - K9 Friday - Racine County Sheriff's Office
Deputy David Fisher - K9 Murphy - Racine County Sheriff's Office
Detective Tony Fitzgerald - K9 Nova - Greendale Police Department
Officer Shawn Fritsch - K9 Zanto - Wausau Police Department
Officer Nicole Knierim - K9 Brutus - Mt Pleasant Police Department
Officer Austin Lee - K9 Fala - Stevens Point Police Department
Sergeant Michael Musa - K9 Stanley - Oak Creek Police Department
Sergeant Dusty Nichols - K9 Ace - Kenosha Police Department
Sergeant Troy Ruffalo - K9 Nitro - Racine County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Matthew Tassoul - K9 Odinn - Door County Sheriff's Office


 

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