Class of the Week: Mid State Tech Criminal Justice Students
Criminal justice students at Mid State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids will not soon forget the events of March 20th. Fond du Lac police officer Craig Birkholtz was killed during a stand-off. Officer Ryan Williams and his K-9 Grendel were also wounded in the incident.
This class knew they had to help a grieving department.
Criminal Justice Corrections Instructor Courtney Kostuchowski says "One day, my students and I were out to lunch and the situation in Fond du Lac had just occurred. And they said Ms. K, don't you think it would be really good of us to step up and do something for those officers and their families?"
And so they decided to make bracelets honoring Birkholtz, Williams, and Grendel. They set a goal of raising $1,800 to help defray Grendel's medical costs, help pay for a vacation for Ryan, and assist with the memorial for Birkholtz.
120 students hit the streets with fliers, ready to sell, and it sure paid off. They have already far surpassed their goal, raising more than $3,500. Students say they didn't think twice before lending their assistance.
2nd year student Lee Rokke says "We're like a big brotherhood, between the law enforcement and corrections and we felt like we wanted to help them." 1st year student Trevin Szulczewski says "It was nice to be there for them because hopefully if something happens around here like that, people will be here for us."
And with many of these students graduating this week, there's no better way to go out.
Kostuchowski says "They really came together and they showed what brotherhood and sisterhood is all about."