Janesville residents recognized for rescue
The woman was on the edge of the dam, dangerously close to falling in the river.
Evasel Ochoa Moreno, Gilberto Vargas Cano and Davion Smith were walking near Main Street and Centerway when they saw the woman from the bridge.
Smith climbed over the fence to prevent the woman from jumping. Moreno and Cano held onto Smith and the woman’s hand to keep them both from falling.
“We tried to talk to her, reason with her and get her to a better and safer place,” Moreno said.
The woman was rescued.
“I guess she’s OK,” Moreno said. “She went on her way.”
Moreno, Cano and Smith were given the Law Enforcement Citizen Service Award on Wednesday during the Janesville Police Department awards ceremony.
“Their heroic actions were clearly without regard to personal safety,” Deputy Chief Dan Davis said while presenting the award.
Other residents, businesses and police officers also were awarded.
Chief Dave Moore said everyone awarded has served the community in a special way.
Others awarded include:
-- Officer Scott Katzenmeyer, Police Officer of the Year, for his hard work ethic. Katzenmeyer is among the top in his shift in traffic stops and drunken driving arrests. He also is a bike officer and firearms instructor.
-- Brenda Day, Civilian Employee of the Year, for her management of records. Day is very productive and enters all traffic tickets. She volunteered for the technology committee and is working on a countywide committee to select a new records management system.
-- Sgt. Brian Donohoue, Award of Excellence, for his work as a community liaison with the Janesville School District, Janesville Area CrimeStoppers, National Night Out, Neighborhood Watch and other programs. Donohoue also is the training coordinator.
-- Officer Mark Standish, Meritorious Service Citation, for his role in the high-speed pursuit of homicide suspect Kyle Hicke. Standish used his patrol car to ram the suspect’s vehicle and make an arrest.
-- Officers Brian Rubeck and Douglas Johnson, Problem Oriented Policing Award, for working with pawnshops to reduce the sale of stolen property. Rubeck and Johnson conducted an undercover operation and learned that some pawnshops were receiving stolen property. They met with storeowners to educate them about the law.
The officers created forms to track property and learn whether it has been reported stolen. They also drafted a new ordinance that requires pawnshop owners to track property on a website. Officers could then review property without searching the shop. The draft of the ordinance is being reviewed.
-- Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog, Law Enforcement Business Service Award, for raising money to buy body armor for police dogs. Two Janesville police dogs, Hardy and Karo, now have vests.
-- Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Law Enforcement Business Service Award, for posting CrimeStoppers messages on its six digital billboards. Lamar posts information and photos of wanted suspects, which has led to many arrests.
-- Bob McCarthy and Linda Crandall, Law Enforcement Citizen Service Award, for grabbing a ladder to help rescue two people from a fire. The ladder was used to rescue two residents from smoke and heat. A dog also was saved.