WAUPUN — Two Waupun police officers, Chris Schreiber and Brad Brzezinski, were chosen “Law Enforcement Officers of the Year” at the Dodge County Law Enforcement Executives Association meeting Wednesday.
This is related to their professional handling of the violent David Ennenga complaint from July 30, 2012.
“This is a great award that was picked from several other nominations from other law enforcement units throughout Dodge County,” said Waupun Police Chief Dale Heeringa. “As Chief I’m extremely proud of the officers chosen for this well deserved award.”
The awards banquet is being held at Old Hickory Country Club on Jan. 18, 2012.
According to Chief Heeringa, on July 30, 2012, his officers got a call at 3:21 a.m. about a domestic dispute in the 600 block of Sawyer Street
Heeringa said Ennenga, a 30-year-old Waupun man, forced his way into the home where he allegedly physically and sexually assaulted his wife as three children slept upstairs.
Heeringa said prior to police arriving, the woman escaped, and the man had head-butted a mirror, and there was blood all over himself and the floor.
When the officers arrived the man armed himself with a knife and rushed them before retreating to an upstairs bedroom where he held-up with a knife, keeping police at bay for almost 90 minutes.
With the man in the bedroom, officers were able to take the children outside to safety.
Eventually the man surrendered.
“I’m pleased officers didn’t have to use deadly force,” said Heeringa. “It was a good end to a very dangerous situation. This situation could have easily turned into a tragedy on multiple ends of this type of violent encounter.”