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Rock County Sheriff to honor officers, civilian

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Mike DuPre'
May 14, 2008
— Bravery. Dedication. Diligence. Leadership.

Those will be the qualities and characteristics cited at 6 tonight when Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden presents awards to officers and civilians for their actions over the last year.


The ceremony will be in the jury assembly room at the Rock County Courthouse.


Medals of valor are to be presented to sheriff’s deputies Karl Weberg and Curtis Streuly and Clinton police officer Kim Rau.


On Dec. 18, Streuly and Rau responded to a domestic disturbance in Clinton and soon were confronted by an armed and angry man, Timothy Harrington, who burst into the home and began firing a shotgun at them and his relatives.


The two officers immediately returned fire, killing Harrington, and evacuated the family to safety.


Spoden will note the officers’ vigilance and courage as the factors that led to a successful conclusion of an otherwise tragic event.


Weberg was one of the deputies who responded Nov. 9 to the armed robbery of Mid America Bank in Footville. Single-handedly, he chased most of the fleeing robbers with his squad car into Winnebago County, Illinois.


Weberg calmly maintained constant radio contact to advise other officers as to where the suspects were and where they were headed. All were arrested and found guilty in federal court.


Weberg also will be honored as deputy of the year.


Tim Halverson is to be cited as the sheriff’s office correctional officer of the year, and Christine Sagen will be named civilian employee of the year.


Paul Bartle of Orfordville is to receive the Citizen’s Award for stopping and helping at the scene of a rollover crash Jan. 25 on Highway 213.


Bartle found the vehicle’s only occupant not breathing and hanging upside down from his seat belt. He was able to remove the victim from the vehicle and revive him with CPR.


Bartle remained with the victim until emergency medical technicians arrived.


Lt. Erik Chellevold of the sheriff’s office will be awarded the Sheriff F. Joseph Black Leadership Award, in part, for developing a comprehensive electronic monitoring program for offenders that was designed to alleviate jail crowding.


Promoted to lieutenant in 2007, Chellevold was chosen as assistant jail administrator. Among several other accomplishments, Chellevold spearheaded staff training, policy development and logistical planning that led to the successful start of the jail’s first direct supervision unit, Spoden said.


Sgts. Kerry Schlittler and Laurie Sprecher of the sheriff’s office are to receive sheriff’s awards.


Schlittler’s leadership and professionalism set the tone for the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, which marked its first full year of operation in 2007, Spoden said.


The honor guard has represented the sheriff’s office at 40 special events and ceremonies, bringing honor and dignity to the ceremonies, Spoden said.


Sprecher began working in early 2007 with other professionals to increase the variety and scope of jail inmate diversion programs.


She worked on a grant application for a community-based version of a jail rehabilitation and education program. After the grant was confirmed, Sprecher worked with vendors and county staff to design and implement the program.


In addition, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team is to receive a unit citation, and Deputy David Rossmiller will be honored with the Community Service Award.


Also to receive commendations are Cmdr. Tom Gehl, Sgt. Jude Maurer, Detective Warren Yoerger and deputies Jeff DuCharme, Lee Jackson, Matt Jacobson, Brian Meister, Charles Behm, Jeff Klenz, Greg Niles and Ron Schmitt.



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