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Pictured (left to right) at the State Capitol ceremony were Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald, Trooper Damion Kosmosky, and Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb.

Baldwin trooper honored for going beyond the call of duty

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Seventeen members of the Wisconsin State Patrol received special awards for saving lives and other exemplary service at a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the State Capitol in Madison.

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State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald said, "All members of the State Patrol make our highways and communities safer through their professional and tireless dedication to traffic and public safety. But the members of the State Patrol who received special awards have demonstrated exceptional expertise and courage under extremely stressful conditions. They were nominated for their awards by their fellow members of the State Patrol for actions that go above and beyond their normal duties."

Among the honorees was Trooper Damion A. Kosmosky of Baldwin who received a Meritorious Service Award).

Kosmosky was shopping with his family in a store in Minnesota on Oct. 27, 2011, when he learned that a woman had raced out of the store with a stolen television and had wielded a knife at a security officer as she escaped.

Kosmosky sprinted after the woman who was running into traffic.Crossing a busy four-lane road while in pursuit, he was able to subdue the woman and get her under control after a struggle until police arrived.

For his willingness to risk his own personal safety as an off-duty law enforcement officer in an effective effort to stop a crime, Kosmosky was presented the Meritorious Service Award.

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