Deputy awarded Purple Heart
An Adams County Deputy has been awarded the Purple Heart. Deputy Todd Johnson was wounded in the line of duty on February 19, 2013. Johnson, along with other law enforcement officers, had responded to a residence in the Town of Big Flats for a missing person report. West Allis police had notified Adams County authorities that Karen Costigan was babysitting for family in West Allis when she disappeared. Unable to locate her, family members had asked police to check her home in Big Flats. At the residence, deputies found Karen and her 55-year old husband, Thomas Costigan, who she had a no-contact restraining order against. Thomas Costigan fired several shots at the deputies, wounding Johnson before shooting himself. Both Costigan and Deputy Johnson were airlifted to a hospital in Marshfield where Costigan died of his self-inflicted injuries. Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin said, “On Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, Deputy Johnson returned to full duty. The Sheriff’s Office held a small gathering for co-workers, friends, and family to welcome him back to work.” Sheriff Wollin and Chief Deputy Terry Fahrenkrug presented Deputy Johnson with a Purple Heart award during the gathering. Sheriff Wollin said, “Deputy Johnson’s selfless act disrupted an incident of domestic violence and the potential homicide of the victim. Deputy Johnson’s decision to place himself in harm’s way resulted in saving the life of the victim. Deputy Johnson’s courageous commitment to public safety is a great credit to himself and the men and women of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.”
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