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Manitowoc Noon Rotary Officer of the Year

Officer Kurk Bessler

The Manitowoc Police Department is proud to announce the selection of Officer Kurk Bessler as the 2015 Noon Rotary Club Officer of the Year.  Officer Bessler has been with the police department since May of 2012 working on the afternoon shift.  Officer Bessler came to the department with 27 distinguished years of law enforcement experience.

In addition to his normal patrol duties, Officer Bessler is routinely relied upon by his shift commanders and fellow officers to lend his expertise in high risk calls and training new officers on searches and barricaded subjects.  Officer Bessler has put on several self-defense presentations and teaches several topics to the MTPD Explorers.  Last year Officer Bessler graduated from Motor Officer School.

In his nomination, Officer Bessler was recognized for his endless commitment to interacting with members of our community.  For years, Officer Bessler and his family have organized the local Shop With a Cop Program.  Officer Bessler has inspired fellow officers to join him in several different activities that have created positive interactions with members of Holiday House.  His supervisors noted that Officer Bessler is what our patrol officers should strive to be throughout their career, and is a stellar example to all of us on work ethic and dedication to duty.

We should also like to recognize Officers Peter Dramm, Jeremy Weber and Michaelyn Culligan who, based on their excellent performance over the past year, were also nominated for this award.

Manitowoc Eagles Club Officer of the Year
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Officer Jeffrey Hyler

The Manitowoc Police Department is very pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Eagles Club Police Officer of the Year Award is Officer Jeffrey Hyler.  This was the second year in a row that Officer Hyler was nominated for this prestigious award.  Officer Hyler has served on the Manitowoc Police Department since August of 1993.  He was initially assigned as a third shift patrolman where he spent the first eight years of his career.  He also did one year of second shift patrol.  Officer Hyler applied for and was chosen as our department's Metro Drug Officer where he assisted the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit for three years.  He has since spent the past decade assigned to dayshift patrol.  Other activities that Officer Hyler has participated in while serving the Manitowoc Police Department include being a D.A.R.E. Instructor, Assisting with the Citizen's Academy, Bike Patrol, Field Training Officer, Vehicle Contact Instructor, E.V.O.C. and D.A.A.T. Instructor.

In the past years, Officer Hyler has volunteered his time to help coach girls' softball in Francis Creek, chaperone dances for the school system, assisted with coaching of the Lincoln High School Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Program, as well as the Freshman Girls Basketball Programs at both Wilson Jr. High School and Washington Jr. High School.  Officer Hyler has not only lead but continues to lead many presentations at our local Junior High Schools.  He has taught students on such various topics as: Civil War Weaponry, Civil War Currency, Grand Army of the Republic, World War I and "Magic" Gaming.  By presenting his knowledge to these students, Officer Hyler ensures that our students understand and appreciate our nation's history and the sacrifice our soldiers have given.

For several years now Officer Hyler has met with the Manitowoc County Civil War Round Table (MCCWRT) and participates in the many activities they sponsor.  Officer Hyler currently serves as President of the MCCWRT Board of Directors and leads the monthly meetings for their organization.

One of the events Officer Hyler recently participated in included the Grand Army of the Republic Flagpole Dedication in Evergreen Cemetery.  This ceremony took place after it was discovered that the GAR flagpole was in disarray and needed replacing.  Another major event that Officer Hyler helped organize and participate in was the "Lincoln Weekend," which commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the death of President Lincoln.  This event, which took place in April 2015, included such things as the "Search for the Conspirators", "Lincoln's Funeral Train", and a "Dinner and Theater" evening.

And finally, if all that wasn't enough, Officer Hyler has even found time to volunteer as a committee member with our local Boy Scouts Troop 915.  It is for all of these reasons that we are very honored to present Officer Jeffrey Hyler as this year's recipient of the Eagles Club Police Officer of the Year Award. 

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