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LIFE SAVER - Marinette County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Oginski of Wausaukee, left, displays the Life-Saving Award that had just been presented to him by Sheriff Jerry Sauve, right, at the Marinette County Board meeting on Tuesday, March 30. Oginski honored for his off-duty actions that saved the life of a young Wausaukee man in February of this year. In the background is the Marinette Campus of UW-Green Bay, where the County Board met again this month due to Covid-19 social distancing considerations.

Oginski Honored For Life Saving Actions

Issue Date: March 31, 2021

At the Marinette County Board meeting on Tuesday, March 30, Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve presented a Life-Saving Award to Deputy Dave Oginski whose dedication to duty led to saving the life of a young man who very nearly died of a drug overdose.

"We're sworn to protect life and property," Sauve said and declared Deputy Oginski had really gone above and beyond the call of duty to do just that in February of this year.

He said Oginski had worked all night and then had driven back to Wausaukee when his shift was over. He was off duty, but it had been a very busy night and he was finishing up some paperwork on his own time when he heard the call for help at a Village of Wausaukee residence.

Sauve said though he had no obligation to respond, Oginski dropped what he was doing and sped off to do what he could to save the opiate victim, who was on the verge of death.

Oginski was the first to arrive at the scene. Because of his training, he knew what had to be done, and he did it. "He administered two doses of Narcan to the troubled young man and kept him alive until the rescue squad arrived," Sauve declared. The young man who narrowly escaped death had taken a nearly fatal dose of heroin and would most likely have died had Oginski not been there, Sauve said.

Sauve presented Oginski with a plaque, a letter of commendation, and a pin for his uniform to commemorate his life-saving response.

"I was in the right place at the right time," Oginski said, and added, "This is just a snippet of what our officers do every day." He said any officer on the force would have done what he did, and added he believes Marinette County Sheriff's Department has the finest force in the state. He also credited the County for providing its officers with the equipment and supplies they need to do their jobs right.


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