Three Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office employees receive ‘Team Award’ at state convention

Sgt. Investigator Lange, deputies Monk, Sundquist recognized for lifesaving efforts

For the Tomahawk Leader

WISCONSIN DELLS – Three members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were recently honored for their efforts in saving the life of an injured individual.

On Saturday, April 25, Sgt. Investigator Lange, Deputy Monk and Deputy Sundquist attended the annual Wisconsin Professional Police Association Convention in Wisconsin Dells.

A post on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page said the three were presented with the “Team Award” in recognition of their actions on Aug. 24, 2023.

According to the post, on that day, a 911 call was placed for an adult male victim critically injured in a tree accident. Lange, Monk and Sundquist responded to the scene, and upon arrival, Lange found the man to be stuck in the “V” of a tree about 12 feet up, with a severe laceration to his arm.

When Sundquist arrived on the scene, he and a first responder got into the bucket of a tractor to rescue the victim. When the man was removed from the tree, the pressure that was preventing blood loss was relieved, and Sundquist was exposed to a “significant amount of blood as the wound flowed freely” and “potential bloodborne pathogens,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Once on the ground, Lange recognized the need for a tourniquet to be placed immediately, doing so with Sundquist’s assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office said the application of the tourniquet stopped further blood loss, while Monk assisted at the scene by clearing a path and setting up a landing zone to extricate the victim, who had lacerations to the blood vessels and the artery in his arm.

“Due to Lange’s quick actions, the patient was able to be stabilized and transported by air to a trauma center,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “Without proper tourniquet placement, the patient would not have survived.”

The Sheriff’s Office said the trauma center commented on how well the placement of the tourniquet was, noting there was minimal bleeding present upon arrival.

Along with earning the Team Award, Sheriff Ken Schneider awarded Lange with the Life Saver medal, Monk with a Letter of Recognition and Deputy Sundquist with the Sheriff Recognition medal.

“The actions of Sgt. Investigator Lange, Deputy Monk (and) Deputy Sundquist reflect great credit upon themselves, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the law enforcement profession,” the Sheriff’s Office stated.

Pictured, from left: Monk, Lange and Sundquist. Photo courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
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