Tragedy on the Mississippi


From: Dave Brand

Winona County Sheriff’s Office

I know that all members of the community and surrounding area join me in sorrow following the tragic events of January 5, 2014, when four young lives were lost. This terrible tragedy leaves us all stunned and saddened. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all the victims as they grieve for their loved ones.

Following that fateful event, we witnessed many extraordinary examples of courage, compassion, and cooperation from local and surrounding agencies. The families as well as this department were moved by the tremendous heartfelt emotion and outpouring of assistance as the search continued. A special thank you to the following:

Food donations: Jason Gilman, Overland Family, Kingsbury Family, and all the businesses that donated food.

Agencies: Winona Dive Team, La Crosse Dive Team, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Goodview Reserves, Red Cross, Carver County Sheriff’s Department, Rochester Dive Team, Iowa Underwater Rescue Team, Trempealeau K-9, Rochester K-9, Winona Mounted Posse, Hennepin County Dive Team, E.P. MN K-9, Olmsted County Dive Team, Rice County Dive Team, Pickwick Fire Department, Dakota Fire Department, Paul Matheson-Eden Prairie, Russ Marsolek, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Mayo Medical Examiner’s Office, Bruce’s Legacy-Black River Falls, Winona Ambulance, Byron/Olmsted Dive Team, Marathon County Dive Team, Wausau Police Department, Scott Fritz-air boat, Wilson First Responders/Fire Department, Goodhue County Dive Team, Pierce County DNR, Winona S.O.A.R. Team, Winona Fire Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Tom Hemker-DNR, Winona County Maintenance, Mark Spitznogle-WI DNR, Matt Haugen, Cindy Nesler-Nodine Fire Department, Adam Kammerer-Wilson Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Winona Police Department.

Please accept my sincere apology if I have missed anyone. Your overwhelming kindness and compassion is unmatched.


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