Local Police Chief Honored For Preventing Domestic Abuse

By: Julia Fello Email
By: Julia Fello Email

With October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wausau Women's Community took a moment to honor some leaders in our area who are helping put a stop to a vicious cycle.

Service awards are given out each year to those who have done outstanding work for victims of domestic violence. This year Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin was honored for the work he's done. His goal is to provide a personal policing to women who may be in danger, encouraging them to understand they don't have to suffer in silence.

He says ever since the Fall of 2006 when there was a sudden increase in domestic violence crimes, he had to make a difference in the neighborhoods he helps protect. "So even now if I hear it second hand, that's worth it to me to go in and find out is there a problem, give the woman or the victim an opportunity to say yes there is a problem, and yes, I want some help," says Chief Vergin.

The center hopes by celebrating those who have survived these violent crimes and those who have made a difference in the community, it will show women no matter how tragic their situation, there's always hope, as long as they seek help.

Other award recipients this year include Judy Lombard of the Marathon County Humane Society who has helped house domestic violence victim's pets the past three years, and special investigator Charlie Jones, who's helped guide families affected by domestic violence through the criminal justice system.


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