VFW honors members, public servants

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Gazette Staff
Sunday, April 25, 2010
— Veterans of Foreign Wars Kienow-Hilt Post 1621 and its ladies auxiliary held its annual awards night Saturday at the VFW, 1015 Center Ave., and gave these awards:
Police Officer of the Year

Scott A. Katzenmeyer is a 10-year veteran of the Janesville Police Department who works third-shift patrol. He is among the top of his shift in traffic stops, operating while intoxicated arrests and overall activity.

In addition, he is a bike officer and firearms instructor for the department and strives to make sure officers are qualified and prepared to use their firearms.

In 2006, Katzenmeyer received a letter of commendation and the exemplary service citation for his investigation of a burglary at Dawson Field and vandalism to Rotary Gardens.

He also works grant-funded overtime hours when he volunteers for undesirable tasks.

Firefighter of the Year

Dan Cassidy joined the Janesville Fire Department in 1988 and has been a firefighter/paramedic and motor pump operator. He also serves on the safety committee and was nominated for his continued dedication and commitment to keep firefighters safe and healthy.

Cassidy assisted with the installation of the vehicle exhaust extrication systems at the fire stations and trained his co-workers on the hazards of diesel smoke.

Paramedic of the Year

Mary Ann Flavin was hired by the Janesville Fire Department in 1989 as a secretary and began serving as a firefighter/paramedic in 1997. She is a member of the EMS committee, policy and procedure committee and is an executive board member of Local 580. She is a member and officer of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Honor Guard.

Flavin helped with the conversion to electronic ambulance reporting and helps train paramedics on the program. She is active with the American Red Cross, volunteers at a burn camp through the Wisconsin Fire Alliance for Safety and spearheaded the Muscular Dystrophy Fill-The-Boot Campaign that raised more than $8,000.

Deputy of the Year

Brian Meister was hired as a correctional officer in 1992 and was assigned to the jail division, where he played a leadership role in training new correctional officers in proper jail protocol, safety and security measures.

In 1995, Meister became a deputy and was assigned to road patrol. Since then he has been a member of the Special Weapons And Tactics team, worked in the civil process division and was temporarily assigned to the court services division.

Meister in 2007 was promoted to detective and has been involved in the investigation of several high-profile cases—burglaries, thefts, child enticement and sexual assault cases—that resulted in many arrests. He also has become the department’s computer crimes expert.

Meister has attended a homicide investigators course and death investigation school.

Correctional Officer of the Year

Kyle Pack was hired in 2007 and has graduated from the Jail Academy at Blackhawk Technical College.

Pack primarily works in the booking area of the jail where he has been instrumental in helping defuse situations with agitated inmates. He is an informal leader on his shift, a member of the newly formed Correctional Emergency Response Team and is an active jail-training officer.

Life memberships in the VFW National Home in Michigan

-- Gary Kraabel of Janesville is active at the local VFW Post, where he is chairman of the house committee, helps with weekly bingo and volunteers for other projects.

-- Sharon Caliboso of Janesville is an auxiliary member who has served as junior vice president and will serve in that capacity again next year. She helps with the bingo lunch program, other benefits at the club and the weekly club raffle.

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