Several De Pere Police and firefighters were honored on Tuesday for going above and beyond the call at the 5th annual Outstanding Public Safety Member Recognition Day.
Ilde Nielson, owner of Ogan Restaurant, will never forget April 24, 2019 as she watched the building go up in flames and collapse.
She nominated Firefighter/EMT William Tews and Lieutenant Tom Hendricks, for their work during and after the fire.
“I was in bad shape for four months, I cried whole day for four months, we had some help and now I feel more comfortable and strong for a re-start,” said Nielson.
Tews and Hendricks worked for weeks investigating the cause of the fire, which was never determined, interviewing business owners and people who lived in the apartments. They even tried to get some personal belongings back to tenants.