Everyday people among those honored by La Crosse Co. Sheriff

Two citizens helped save life of driver having heart attack

Everyday people were among those recognized Friday for outstanding service in La Crosse County.

As part of the annual Sheriff’s Department awards, a pair of residents were honored for their quick, life-saving action.

One of those people is Justin Briski.

He was on his way home in West Salem from a church meeting when he saw a truck in a ditch. It turned out to be a driver having a heart attack.

Justin helped a fellow passerby perform C.P.R. until help arrived with an A.E.D.

He was humbled by the award. “I’m not one that seeks out appreciation, I just want to be the one that does it and walks away and forgets about it. I don’t want to be recognized because I believe you’re called to action and just want to walk away and know that you did a good deed and that’s all,” said Briski.

The sheriff also honored two jailers for saving separate inmate’s lives, and six recently retired employees for more than 20 years of service.