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State Patrol trooper attempts to rescue a woman from inside a burning mobile home in Roberts

January 8, 2014

A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper is being recognized today for his courageous lifesaving attempt of a woman trapped in a burning mobile home in Roberts on Tuesday night, January 7.

After arriving at the scene of the fire at 61 Frank Street, Northwest Region Trooper Robert Unruh was advised by a Roberts Police Department officer that a women was inside the structure, but due to heavy smoke could not be immediately rescued.

Trooper Unruh obtained a gas mask from his patrol car and entered the burning residence. With verbal guidance by the Roberts police officer as to the woman’s location, Trooper Unruh was able to quickly locate and drag the unconscious woman out of the building and onto the front yard.

While tending the woman’s injuries Trooper Unruh observed that the fire was intensifying. Concerned that the entire structure would become engulfed he quickly moved the woman across the street in-between two police cars. Within moments, the windows of the residence blew out and the mobile home was enveloped in flame as fire department personnel arrived. The woman was transported to the Hudson Medical Center and later died of her injuries.

State Patrol Captain Jeffrey Frenette, commander of the Northwest Region, said this is an example of an officer using his training beyond normal duties. "In this tragic situation I want to commend Trooper Unruh for his heroic and selfless effort. Despite dangers to his own personal safety and without hesitation he tried to save the life of this woman who was unable to get out of the home."

For more information, contact:
Captain Jeffrey Frenette, Wisconsin State Patrol, NW Region
(715) 839-3800,



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