If you ever find yourself in danger, consider yourself lucky if Officer Joe Schisel answers your call for help.
“There’s nothing special about me – I’m doing my job as I do every day,” said Schisel.
Over Schisel’s eight years as a police officer for the Two Rivers Police Department, he has been honored four times for his actions taken to save a life. The most recent in a Two Rivers home in mid-March, where he gave a 53-year-old man with no pulse CPR – keeping him alive until medical crews arrived.
“This individual had a family – he had teenage kids,” said Schisel. “I wanted him to spend more time with those kids and I gave him that opportunity. We all did, we worked as a team.”
One incident that haunts him often happened a cold November day here in 2008 on the East Twin River. Three young boys fell through thin ice – two were brothers and both drown. The third boy clung to the ice for 10 minutes, until rescue crews, including Schisel – helped him to safety.
“The very difficult part of that was notifying the families of the other two – that they passed away, that they did not survive,” said the officer. “It was a difficult time.”
Just a few days ago – this officer was honored for his latest act of bravery. Congratulations from his supervisors for a job well done.
“Officer Schisel is a great stand up officer – always there when he need him – does what needs to be done,” said Lt. Andrew Raatz.
But for Schisel – the accolades while nice – are certainly not necessary. Saying it’s just part of the job – to serve and protect.
“I will be back tomorrow and do my job just like I do every day.”
Officer Schisel also saved a man attempting to commit suicide and rescued a young girl with Down syndrome who wandered in a river.