MN Trooper Receives National Award for Heroics
A Minnesota State Trooper is receiving a national award for his heroics during the flooding that occurred in southern and northern Minnesota in June.
A statement issued by the State Patrol says Trooper Brian Breuning will be presented with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund “Officer of the Month Award during a ceremony in St. Paul Monday morning(11 a.m.).
Trooper Bruening is being recognized for his actions on June 16th when he responded to a 911 call from a woman trapped in a car in floodwaters along I-90 near the town of Beaver Creek in southwestern Minnesota. When he arrived at the scene, the trooper waded out into the rising floodwaters and helped the woman escape from her car as it was rapidly filling with water. Just seconds after her escape, the car was swept away by the raging waters.
The award states Trooper Bruening then held onto the woman and braced himself against the strong current until a Department of Natural Resources boat reached the pair and rescued them about 45-minutes after their harrowing ordeal began.
“The Minnesota State Patrol is proud of Trooper Brian Beuning receiving this award. The courage he displayed on June 16th undoubtedly saved Julisa Jones from harm,” said Lt. Colonel Matt Langer, Acting Chief of the MN State Patrol. “Trooper Beuning did not hesitate to risk his own safety to help someone else, demonstrating the commitment to public safety by members of the Minnesota State Patrol and peace officers everywhere.”
Back in 2010, Trooper Bruening received the State Patrol Lifesaving Award for rescuing a man from sinking into a grain bin filled with corn.