WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Wausau police officer is in the running for a national honor.
Officer Tom Peterson has been nominated as an America’s Most Wanted all-star. His nomination lists six different honors or awards he’s received throughout his career.
The police department recognized Peterson February 9th with its Life Saving award for saving a 2-and-a-half-year-old girl from drowning. He received the same award last year for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a 7-month-old choking baby.
Peterson has also won awards for protecting presidential candidates campaigning in Wausau in 2004 and saving a choking colleague in the Marathon County sheriff’s department in 1987.
“Officer Peterson indisputably has what it takes to be an all-star,” said his nomination on the TV show’s Web site.
You can vote once a day for Peterson. He is only the second Wisconsin nominee. The other is Elm Grove Officer John Krahn.
The winner will receive free travel and accommodations to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Challenge in Charlotte, North Carolina in May.