Webster, Fox shining examples of quality local law enforcement officers

Our region is blessed to have caring law enforcement officers working here.

Two of the best of this bunch are Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers William Webster in Alpena County and Paul Fox in Presque Isle County.

The two officers recently were honored for their lifesaving actions in the region this year. Fox in March rescued a woman who had fallen through the ice and suffered from extreme hypothermia and frostbite. Thanks to Fox and his quick action, the woman recovered from the injuries, with only minor lingering effects.

Webster’s actions were equally as heroic as in August he heard a call about a suicidal man who police were trying to locate. After getting a ping from the man’s cell phone, he was able to get a general location of where the man might be. Knowing the area well as a result of his job, Webster had a good idea of where the subject’s car might be located, so he headed there.

Arriving at the scene, he discovered piping had been run from the exhaust to the window, and the man inside was unconscious. He opened the door, shut the vehicle off and performed lifesaving measures until emergency crews could arrive at the site. The man eventually recovered.

Too often law enforcement officers get a bad rap — especially DNR conservation officers.

Here are two great examples of officers who deserve our admiration for their heroic actions.

On behalf of a grateful community, we hope officers Webster and Fox will accept our appreciation and thanks for jobs well done.