September 13, 2019
Challenge Coin Recipients
(L-R, Sheriff Mark A. Podoll, Mr. Taylor Harmsen, Mr. Austin Baker, and Mr. John Arenz)
At the September 11, 2019, meeting of Green Lake County Judicial and Law Enforcement Committee, Sheriff Podoll awarded three local men with the honorary “Sheriff’s Challenge Coin”. The three men, while working for a local contractor on Big Green Lake on June 27, 2019, encountered a 78 year old male who’s sailboat had overturned in a severe thunderstorm. In 6 foot waves, rain, and high winds, the men worked as a team to rescue the male from the water and take him to shore. The man has survived. The men received the award for direct and selfless actions that resulted in making the difference in the life of another.