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Andrew Hopfensperger, the Antigo police officer who brought a potentially deadly plot at the 2016 high school prom to a sudden close on the evening of April 23, and Ryan Bula, who was with him that night, received a major awards Wednesday.

Hopfensperger, who has received a number of decorations for his actions that evening in front of Antigo High School, and Bula were named recipients of the Officer of the Month Award by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in ceremonies held in the City Hall council chambers.

Brian Lacey, visiting for the event from Washington, D.C., explained the memorial fund was established in 1984 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.

He added that the Officer of the Month Award Program, which Hopfensperger and Bula were the recipients, dates to 1996 and recognizes federal state and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.

He recalled the events of April 23, when attendees started to leave the Antigo High School prom, and waiting outside in the parking area was a former student armed with a rifle and a high-capacity ammo magazine.

The former student started shooting at the prom goers, Lacey said, drawing the attention of Hopfensperger and K-9 officer Bula, who were on routine patrol duty. The suspect was quickly shot, wounded, and later died.

At the ceremony Police Chief Eric Roller said the actions of Hopfensperger and Bula directly saved the lives of couples exiting the prom and prevented an increased tragedy that evening.

I am very proud to have officers Hopfensperger and Bula working for the Antigo Police Department, the chief added.

Officers Hopfensperger and Bula, along with the other Officer of the Month Award recipients for 2017, will be honored at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. during May, 2018, marking National Police Week.

On behalf of the board and staff of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, it is my honor to present the March, 2017 Officer of the Month Award to police officer Andy Hopfensperger and K-9 Officer Ryan Bula of the Antigo Police Department, Lacey told the gathering.
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Two national awards were presented to Antigo police officers Ryan Bula and Andy Hopfensperger Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall. From the left are Mayor Bill Brandt, Police Chief Eric Roller, Bula, Hopfensperger, Brian Lacey with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Police Captain Jim Kolpack.

Antigo officers receive national honors
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Andrew Hopfensperger, the Antigo police officer who brought a potentially deadly plot at the 2016 high school prom to a sudden close on the evening of April 23, and Ryan Bula, who was with him that night, received a major awards Wednesday.

Hopfensperger, who has received a number of decorations for his actions that evening in front of Antigo High School, and Bula were named recipients of the Officer of the Month Award by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in ceremonies held in the City Hall council chambers.

Brian Lacey, visiting for the event from Washington, D.C., explained the memorial fund was established in 1984 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.

He added that the Officer of the Month Award Program, which Hopfensperger and Bula were the recipients, dates to 1996 and recognizes federal state and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.

He recalled the events of April 23, when attendees started to leave the Antigo High School prom, and waiting outside in the parking area was a former student armed with a rifle and a high-capacity ammo magazine.

The former student started shooting at the prom goers, Lacey said, drawing the attention of Hopfensperger and K-9 officer Bula, who were on routine patrol duty. The suspect was quickly shot, wounded, and later died.

At the ceremony Police Chief Eric Roller said the actions of Hopfensperger and Bula directly saved the lives of couples exiting the prom and prevented an increased tragedy that evening.

I am very proud to have officers Hopfensperger and Bula working for the Antigo Police Department, the chief added.

Officers Hopfensperger and Bula, along with the other Officer of the Month Award recipients for 2017, will be honored at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. during May, 2018, marking National Police Week.

On behalf of the board and staff of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, it is my honor to present the March, 2017 Officer of the Month Award to police officer Andy Hopfensperger and K-9 Officer Ryan Bula of the Antigo Police Department, Lacey told the gathering.
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Two national awards were presented to Antigo police officers Ryan Bula and Andy Hopfensperger Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall. From the left are Mayor Bill Brandt, Police Chief Eric Roller, Bula, Hopfensperger, Brian Lacey with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Police Captain Jim Kolpack.
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