Vilas Co. Sheriff's Office receives 8 AEDs thanks to generous donationSubmitted: 10/12/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera

Vilas Co. Sheriff's Office receives 8 AEDs thanks to generous donation
VILAS COUNTY - Police officers sometimes don't know what they'll face when called to a scene. But being prepared is always crucial.

"I've assisted in doing CPR and sometimes it's taken up to 20 minutes of doing CPR before other medical staff arrives on scene," said Vilas County Captain Gerard Ritter. 

Up to this point, the sheriff's office hasn't had any defibrillators. That was something Allied 100 in Woodruff wanted to change. 

"My stepdad is an attorney and he has it in with the Vilas County Sheriff's Department so we got together with them, talked about it, and he got in contact with Allied 100 and made it happen," said Warehouse Supervisor Katie Morgan.

The AED distributor celebrated its 15 year anniversary by giving up to 60 employees the chance to donate AEDs to any organization. Eight of the employees chose the Vilas County Sheriff's Office. 

"I'm grateful knowing if my friends or family need an AED, they will have them available," said Morgan.
Four of the AEDs will stay at the sub-station and the other four will be brought to the Sheriff's Office. When officers check in for their shift, they can also check out an AED. 

The Zoll AED Pluses, which each cost about $2,000, were chosen because of their durability. The models can stand up to 122 degrees and temperatures in the low 30s. 

"And it's ready to save lives," said Morgan. 

Saving lives is something Ritter and his team face often. But on Wednesday, Ritter says they're not the only ones making a difference.

"What they did was very rewarding and in a sense they are heroes today for donating these items to us," said Ritter. 

Officers will also be checking out Narcan along with the AEDs when they report to work. Ritter says all officers will be trained to use the AEDs properly.

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WAUSAU - When you think of Wisconsin, two things might come to mind - beer and snow. 

The Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau decided to combine the two and host an annual brew fest. 

Andy Ledesma is the head brewer at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau. The Granite Peak Brew Fest is one of the many perks of his job.

"No other beer fest is like this, that's for sure," said Ledesma.

He definitely wasn't alone serving more than 40 beers on Saturday. 

Jeff Geurink works for South Shore Brewery in Ashland. They've been around for 20 years, but they wanted to make this brew fest a part of their line up.

"Get our name out there and make sure people are enjoying our beer and get as much information as possible out about our brewery so then when they go out and get a beer, they remember us," said Geurink.

Something everyone will remember from the brew fest was the set-up.

"Snow bar?! You can't get that in the summer time," said Roland Bruhnke.

He's right. Most beer festivals are in the summer. But when it's still feeling like winter in March, Granite Peak turns lemons into lemonade, or more appropriately, hops into beer.

"I think it definitely helped that when they get to the bottom of the hill, you see a bunch of beer," said beer salesman Jesse Bartnik.

So even though beer and physical activity isn't the best combination, dozens of people were loving it this weekend.

"The winter, the skiing, the beer, it's all one big package all rolled into one," said Bruhnke.

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RHINELANDER - This time of year, winter activies start to wind down and the summer fun hasn't quite started yet.

That's why Fisher's Resort and Bar on Lake George in Rhinelander enjoys having it's annual ice golf tournament each year.

"In year's past, March is always kind of a slower season up here in the Northwoods so we figured we'd create an event and put efforts towards a local organization," said Fisher's Resort and Bar owner, Russ Fisher.

That local organization they raise money for is the Hodag Sno-trails snowmobile club.

This year, the tournament had it's biggest turn out.

30 teams came to play, including first timer Dennis Herrmann who lives right across the lake.

"This has nothing to do with golf, I can tell you that right now. But it's a challenge for all the obvious reasons. But you do it for the charity, you do it for the fun and it gives everybody the chance to get out," said Herrmann.

This year they cut it down from 18 holes to 13 so people could get inside faster to enjoy the chili and the raffle items after their round of golf.

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MERRILL - Police say a Stevens Point man tried to pay to have sex 15-year-old girl. 
Police arrested Leo Pelot, 67, on Tuesday. 

According to a criminal complaint, an undercover agent with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posed as the 15-year-old's aunt. 

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CRANDON - UPDATE (3/23/18): The Forest County Medical Examiner released the name of the inmate who died in the Forest County Jail earlier this week. 

The Forest County Sheriff's Officer said a man committed suicide Wednesday morning. 

An autopsy showed 44-year-old William Zastawniak died by hanging. 

He was facing three child sexual assault charges. 

The medical examiner is still waiting on toxicology results. 

The death is still under investigation.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County will hold an information meeting to share information about a sexually violent offender that will soon be released.

Gregory Loomis, 43, sexually assaulted two children in 1988 and 1992.

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EAGLE RIVER - Kids face bullying in schools all the time.

That's one reason why the Eagle River elementary school holds its annual Great Kindness Challenge Week.

It's part of a nationwide challenge involving nearly 10,000 schools.

This year's kindness week in Eagle River wrapped up Friday with a musical assembly with Dave Dall.

Throughout the week, students were challenged to do random acts of kindness.

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RHINELANDER - Kathie Woodford keeps track of each time she donates blood.  Her visit to a Rhinelander blood drive on Friday marked her 26th pint.

"I just recently got my third gallon," Woodford said.

The universal donor (Woodford has O-negative blood) likes to give as often as she can, but Friday's blood drive was one she simply couldn't miss.

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