La Crosse Officers Save Woman’s Life

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, La Crosse Police Officers Frank Racich, Dustin Darling, and Trenton Bowe responded to a house on the 1100 block of State Street for a welfare check.  A caller reported that her friend wasn’t answering the door and had a history of depression.

The Officers were on the scene in less than one minute.  They entered an upstairs apartment and found the woman unresponsive on the floor without signs of life.  Officer Racich immediately began life-saving measures and, on the 15th chest compression, felt a pulse.  Tri-State paramedics and first responders transported her to a local hospital, where she remains for observation.

The woman, who is 17 weeks pregnant, was under the influence of alcohol.  Her unborn child appears to be in good condition.

La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer will recommend that the Officers receive life-saving awards.

Officer Frank Racich

Officer Frank Racich

Officer Dustin Darling

Officer Dustin Darling

Officer Trenton Bowe

Officer Trenton Bowe


26 Comments on “La Crosse Officers Save Woman’s Life”

  1. Jamie fisher 10/15/2015 at 3:01 PM #

    Well done Officer Racich! Because of you this woman now has the opportunity to do right for her unborn child. Had you not arrived so quickly and been so well trained two people would have lost their lives. That is something to be extremely proud of. You are a blessing to that family. Keep up the good work! You are appreciated!

  2. Bill Steffenhagen 08/22/2015 at 9:09 PM #

    And this instance is only one manifestation of the good character of our area wide police forces. They do their duty firmly but in a caring manner whenever possible. Let no one compare them with some of the abuse of power we are seeing so much of on the internet now.

  3. julie 08/22/2015 at 8:07 PM #

    Great job officers! Thank you for the work you do!

  4. Lori 08/22/2015 at 9:39 AM #


  5. Lori 08/22/2015 at 9:38 AM #

    Great job thank you for all you do to keep many safe
    This is outstanding work

  6. Marcus kenyan 08/22/2015 at 7:15 AM #

    Reblogged this on Marcus kenyan and commented:
    calling to serve humanity

  7. Marcus kenyan 08/22/2015 at 7:12 AM #

    Congrats God bless

  8. Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 7:15 PM #

    People should always look at the good all the officers do no matter the situation, that could of been two lives gone.To many negative words about cops, Hey there here to help!!! Wake up people, they are the good guys!

  9. Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 5:29 PM #

    Salute to all three

  10. Jamie Storandt 08/21/2015 at 2:23 PM #

    Good job gentlemen!! Police are not the enemy!! We need more stories like this all I’ve been seeing is negativitey towards officers lately. Great job guys!!

  11. MinnesotaJoY 08/21/2015 at 1:50 PM #

    I have utmost concern and sympathy. I had a horrible time with my first pregnancy and was hospitalized for a time during it due to undiagnosed depression and anxiety. I didn’t turn to alcohol but I am sad for the mental state she must be in. I don’t condone her choice to drink but can understand that people do bad things out of fear and desperation.

    I hope she’s getting the help that she obviously needs.

    Kudos to these officers who understand the meaning of “protect and serve”.

    • Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 3:01 PM #

      Thank God $ POLICEMEN!!!

      • Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 3:02 PM #

        Thank god 4 POLICEMEN!!

    • Marcus kenyan 08/22/2015 at 7:14 AM #

      Police work is a Gods calling to serve humanity

  12. Linda Gloede 08/21/2015 at 1:13 PM #

    Thank You to these great officers! We are fortunate to have such fine individuals protecting our citizens and community!

  13. Chris Clair 08/21/2015 at 1:03 PM #

    Great job to all. Thank you for your service.

  14. Susie Matson 08/21/2015 at 12:54 PM #

    So proud to call Frank a neighbor & friend!! You are Awesome!!!

  15. Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 12:51 PM #

    Way to go Frank!!

  16. Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 12:09 PM #

    Hi Frank,

    We are so proud of you. You are the Best !!!!
    Love Art & Charlene

  17. Jim C. Racich 08/21/2015 at 10:44 AM #

    Good Job Frank On Saving Her Life Along With The Other Two Policemen. I Work Court Security Here In Lake County For The Sheriff’s Department In Crown Point, IN in Lake County.

  18. Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 10:39 AM #

    Thank you

  19. marian mooney 08/21/2015 at 10:28 AM #

    La Crosse’s police are all top notch – congratulations on a job well done!!!

  20. joanleegee 08/21/2015 at 10:13 AM #

    Nice to read something positive about the police. Why doesn’t something like this make the national news? The news media is quick to report things that show the police in a less than favorable light, but don’t seem to care about the positive things that the police do. I would love for the news media to report the news instead of sell the news.

  21. Sue lacoste 08/21/2015 at 9:59 AM #

    Wow! So great ! We had great officers in our city. Way to go guys!

    • Anonymous 08/21/2015 at 4:05 PM #

      Wow great job .

  22. Deb Johnson 08/21/2015 at 9:45 AM #

    OUTSTANDING WORK MEN! I am proud of our La Crosse Police Dept.

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