WASHBURN COUNTY -- A Washburn County Sheriff's Deputy has been awarded with a Life Saving Award Certificate and Life Saving Ribbon for his role in rescuing a woman from her vehicle that broke through the ice on South Twin Lake in the Township of Chicog in November.

(News Release) -- Deputy Sheriff Drew Knoop is being awarded and honored with a Life Saving Award Certificate and Life Saving Ribbon for his uniform, by Sgt. Wayne Johnston.

On Sunday November 25th just after midnight Deputy Knoop responded to a call of a vehicle that had driven onto Twin Lake, Town of Minong, and the vehicle broke through the ice. Deputy Knoop broke the back rear door window and entered the vehicle. Along with the assistance of Deputy Peake, Minong Fire and Ambulance personnel they were able to get her out of the vehicle and safely to shore.

“It is always a team effort in this business but someone normally takes the initiative and places themselves in harm’s way to save another human being. We are thankful that we have many officers and EMS personnel willing to do just that. Drew, you make us proud. Thank you."

Sheriff Dryden


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Authorities Rescue Woman From Vehicle That Broke Through Ice On Lake

DrydenWire.com l Tuesday, November 27, 2018

WASHBURN COUNTY -- Washburn County Sheriff's Deputies rescued a woman after her vehicle broke through the ice on South Twin Lake in Chicog Township, according to a news release from the Washburn County Sheriff's Office.

(News Release) -- On November 25th just after midnight Sheriff's 911 recieved a call from a party reporting a car that drove onto the ice on South Twin Lake in Chicog Township and broke through the ice. The first iinformation reported from the caller that water was coming through the windows and the call was filling with water. Deputy Knoop and Deputy Peake responded and arrived on scene. Chicog Fire, Minong Fire, and Minong Ambulance responded as well.


Deputies located the vehicle about 150 feet out on the ice. Deputy Knoop broke out the back rear door window and climbed into the vehicle, the water was up to the steering wheel. Deputy Knoop tried to calm down the female subject as she was hysterical, however, he was unsuccessful. Deputy Knoop reached over the seat and pulled her to the back seat and then Deputy Knoop and Deputy Peake lifted her out of the car and onto the ice.

She was then removed from the lake by Fire and Ambulance crews and then transported to the Spooner Hospital.

Witnesses at the scene told the Deputies that the driver, Cassandra Lemke, had a few drinks and decided to drive onto the ice.

Sheriff Dryden


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