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Life Saving Citizen Commendation

It was a special presentation.

It happened during the Village of Kewaskum Board meeting on April 1. Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis presented Keri Seiler with a citizen commendation for her live-saving actions last month.

Keri, who is a Kewaskum resident, observed a juvenile on an overpass bridge who appeared to be visibly distraught. Rather than continue and drive past, Keri decided to stop. As a caring mother herself, she was able to talk the individual off the edge of the overpass. The tense incident ended in a heartfelt embrace between the two strangers.

Sheriff Schulteis told the Kewaskum Village Board if it were not for Keri’s empathetic intervention, this incident could have ended with a much different outcome.

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Details were intentionally omitted to protect the privacy of the juvenile.

Photo by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.