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Tomahawk Honors First Responders In Accident Submitted: 04/27/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


TOMAHAWK - A drunk driver almost took everything from Tomahawk's Jason Breitenfeld.

Saturday Northwoods residents honored the people who helped save his life.

Breitenfeld almost died on Janaury 20th.

He was giving a safe ride home from the bars for friends when a drunk driver nearly killed him.

People came out to celebrate the heroes who helped keep Breitenfeld alive.

Breitenfeld is especially thankful for Jason Mauer.

"He called 911 and stayed with me, held my hand the entire way and kept me alert and conscious," said Breitenfeld.

"Once I gained consciousness he stayed with me. He saved my life."

Breitenfeld says before the accident he always cautioned his friends about drunk drivers.

And now more than ever, he urges them to use the Safe Ride program.

"Even before then, before I found out about that program, I was always talking to people in my family or people I know," Breitenfeld said.

"If you're going to drink, don't drive. I've seen the dangers of it before, now it's just a little bit more personal."

There's a fund set up to help Breitenfeld with his medical bills.

Donations can be made at your local Citizens Bank.


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Turkey season began last week and hunters have a new option for what they can do with the turkeys they shoot.

The DNR started a turkey donating program this year.

You can donate turkey's to three processors in the southern half of the state.

"A little bit further south of here in areas where there's usually a lot of deer donations and a lot of turkey shot so that we can try and get some good participation for the first year," said DNR's Wildlife Biologist, Jeremy Holtz.

The meat is donated to food pantries. The hope is to have the program be successful and grow to other parts of the state, and potentially here in the Northwoods.

"It may be that meat processors in Marathon, Lincoln or Langlade County would have no problem with that. But when you get further north, it may be less common for meat processors to handle wild turkeys on a regular basis," said Holtz.

The processors use the breast meat. The DNR is asking hunters to not just donate the scraps.

"Processors will be removing the breast meat from the bird and they'll be grinding it up and making it available at food pantries as ground turkey," said Holtz.

If you want to see a list of the processors, follow the link below.

There are also turkey permits still available. Contact your local DNR office for more details.


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