Local Officer receives Community Service Award

Sara Knapp received a Community Service Award from the Wisconsin State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police on Monday, Sept. 24. – Photo by Linda Titel

By Linda Titel
Assistant Editor

Sara Knapp was awarded a Community Service Award from the Wisconsin Stare Lodge Fraternal Order of Police on Monday, Sept. 24.
Knapp is a founding member of the Fox Valley Lodge and has been active in lodge activities. She is also active in other organizations that help communities which include Special Olympics of Wisconsin, the Oshkosh Polar Plunge, Run with the Cops, Tip a Cop, Truck Convoy, the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and National Night Out.
Knapp is currently the director of the EMT’s and manages the ambulance service which serves the village and surrounding towns and volunteers with the EMS.
Knapp is also a volunteer firefighter with the fire department. In addition to responding to emergencies and participating in training, she organized a craft fair at the station last spring to help raise funds for a new Jaws of Life.
“Knapp is an avid member of the Shiocton Legion and shows extraordinary commitment to helping her community and others,” said President Wisconsin FOP Don Kapla and Sergeant at Arms Wisconsin FOP Mike Lauder.
Knapp said another member had to nominate her for the award, fill out paperwork and submit it. After submission she was chosen for the award.
Knapp said that all of the things she does are so engrained in her work week that she doesn’t know how many extra hours she puts in or volunteers for.
Knapp said, “If it’s important you make it fit in your schedule.”
Knapp has helped set-up and clean up the Polar Plunge in Oshkosh for 12 years. She has also jumped at least once every year and said, “It’s cold, but you just jump and get out and get warmed up as quickly as possible. Some people sky dive but won’t plunge, I plunge but won’t sky dive.”
Village Clerk Laurie Bunnell who has worked with Knapp for years had something to add, “We are very proud to have Sara as one of our police officers and she has been involved with Special Olympics, National Night Out and any other event she can get hands on. It shows that she has pride as a law enforcement officer and supports the ‘blue’ to represent Shiocton.”