THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Honored"Peshtigo Police Chief Richard Badgley and Town of Riverview Fire Chief T.J. Schrank were honored along with first responders throughout the state as "First Responders of the Year", in a ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison, Thursday Oct. 10. Chief Badgley and Chief Schrank were recognized for their longtime service to citizens in their communities. Pictured left to right; Rep. Jeff Mursau, Chief Schrank, Chief Badgley and Rep. John Nygren.
Badgley, Schrank, Receive Hometown Hero Awards
Issue Date: October 17, 2019
Peshtigo Police Chief Richard Badgley and Town of Riverview Fire Chief T.J. Schrank were honored at the Hometown Hero ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison on Thursday Oct. 10 as the first ever recipients of the 89th Assembly District and the 36th Assembly District "First Responder of the Year" Award.
The State Assembly honored first responders from around the state for their dedication and passion for keeping communities safe. Representative John Nygren stated that "sacrifices made by first responders often go unnoticed or underappreciated. That is why the state assembly wanted to express gratitude for their work on behalf of the state".
Nygren, who represents the 89th District said, "I would like to extend a sincere thank you to Chief Badgley for his many years of service to the City of Peshtigo. Chief Badgley has always proven selfless and fervent in his actions and always has the highest regard for the welfare and security of the citizens of Peshtigo. I was honored to have the privilege to welcome Chief Badgley to the State Capitol to receive the award".
Representative Jeff Mursau who represents the 36th Assembly District said he had the privilege to honor Chief Schrank for his thirty- nine years on the Riverview Fire Department with twenty of those years as chief. Schrank lead recovery efforts in 2007 after the damaging tornado and in 2019 after the macro wind burst. Mursau added, Chief Schrank and area firefighters immediately began clearing roads from downed trees in the aftermath of the severe storms on the evening of July 19, 2019, working into the early morning hours and returning on Saturday and Sunday to clear debris all day. Chief Schrank also took time off his day job to work twelve to sixteen hour days assessing damage, directing crews, and clearing roads. Schrank's hard work and exemplary leadership in the aftermath of the July 2019 storms was vital to the recovery efforts. Within twenty-four hours of the storm, area residents and visitors were confirmed to be safe, and within forty-eight hours, all one hundred miles of roads were passable. Both men received plaques for their dedication and hard work from the assembly.