Sparta, Wis. – Sergeant Joel Ames, Officer Andrew Kuen and Officer Corey Johnson were recently honored at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Conference for their heroic lifesaving rescue of a women who drove into Perch Lake earlier this year.
According to the Sparta Police Department on April 14, 2013 at approximately 7:10 p.m. the officers responded to a vehicle in the lake near the Memorial Park boat landing. Responded officers were told by a bystander that the vehicle had at least one occupant when it entered the water. The vehicle was approximately 150 feet from shore and starting to sink when officers Corey Johnson and Andrew Kuen entered the water and swam out to the partially submerged vehicle. The two officers struggled to get inside the vehicle and were eventually able to bust out the rear window to gain access. The officers grabbed the lone occupant, Margaret Brooks, 59 from Sparta, and swam with her towards the shore line where they were met by Sergeant Joel Ames, who had also entered the water to assist in the rescue efforts.
Once safely on shore Brooks and all three officers were treated by members of the Sparta Area Ambulance Service. No other occupants were located inside the vehicle and all indications are that Brooks intentionally drove into the lake.
Brooks was transported to Mayo Health Systems in Sparta and later transferred to La Crosse for a mental health evaluation. All three officers were treated for mild cases of hypothermia and returned to duty.
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