Manitowoc Eagles Club Award
Officer Kurk Bessler
We are proud to announce the 2013 Eagle Club's Officer of the Year is Officer Kurk Bessler.
Officer Bessler has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and has been with the Manitowoc Police Department since May 2012. Several years ago Officer Bessler initiated the Shop With A Cop Program. He organized a small volleyball tournament to raise money to take children Christmas shopping for their families. The children are also allowed to select a gift for themselves. Officer Bessler also set up a coloring contest between Manitowoc CIty Police Officers and clients of the Holiday House. It was a very positive interaction for those involved. Officer Bessler volunteers his time creating workout plans for officers specific to their fitness goals. He also created a fitness program for the clients of the Holiday House. Officer Bessler is currently assigned to the afternoon shift where he often volunteers to assist other officers on calls.
The banquet is May 4, 2013. Please join us in congratulating Officer Bessler!
Manitowoc Noon Rotary
Detective Jerod Lecher
Detective Jerod Lecher has been selected the 2012 Noon Rotary Police Officer of the Year. Jerod started as a 2nd shift patrol officer with the Manitowoc Police Department in 2005 and was eventually assigned to 3rd shift. Jerod was promoted to Detective in 2010. In his nomination letter, Detective Lecher was described as "one of the best, most dedicated and hard working officers on the Manitowoc Police Department. Detective Lecher is a self-motivated individual who takes great pride in performing his duties to the best of his ability day in and day out." Detective Lecher was responsible for conducting various intensive investigations over the past year, which resulted in numerous felony charges of the suspects. Several of the cases were very complicated and involved multiple jurisdictions, states and law enforcement entities.
Detective Lecher has been involved and instrumental in the implementation of scanners in the squad cars, TraCs Reporting, District Attorney Evidence Server, training of Defense Attorneys, scanners (bar coding) for the evidence room, Arbitrator system (in squad cameras) and the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) grant program. He has also been active in the squad car committee, the gang task force, Citizens Academy, SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center) training, in charge of ROPE/SOPE (Repeat Offender Prevention Enforcement and Sexual Offender Prevention Enforcement), teaching in-service, assisting Metro drug, municipal court duties and acting as back-up for our evidence room. He is always willing to assist department members with technology questions.
He has been married for 9 years and has two daughters, ages 3 and 5.
Golden K Kiwanis Crossing Guard Recognition
2012 Crossing Guard Recognition
The Kiwanis of Manitowoc – Golden K sponsored their 13th annual Adult Crossing Guard Appreciation breakfast at the Manitowoc Senior Center. After a fine breakfast catered by Jim Vnuk, the crossing guards were presented with certificates of appreciation from Lt. Paul Schermetzler for protecting our children from traffic as they cross busy city streets “with little more than a Ping-Pong paddle.” Mayor Nickels also expressed his gratitude for the fine job done by the crossing guards under often trying conditions.
Other honored guests were Police Chief Tony Dick, Lee Davis of WCUB as well as Mark and Trevor Seehafer from WOMT.
In the photo L/R Front row: Gary Laurin, Lt Paul Schermetzler, Jill Hickel, Donna Krueger, Linda Heili, Jeanie Miller, Joanne Szydel
Back Row: Dick Weber, Mayor Justin Nickels, Police Chief Tony Dick, Milan Fischer, Leanna Leonowicz, Bob Hablewitz, Woody Shulander, Marty Boerst, Golden K President Joe Hrudka
Missing from photo: Crossing Guad Rebecca Woodman