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Criminal Justice Advisory Committee honors Antigo Officer Hopfensperger

Sept. 27, 2016

Antigo Officer Honored

The Nicolet College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee recently honored Antigo Police Officer Andrew Hopfensperger, Jr., for his actions responding to an active shooter situation this spring at Antigo High School.

The committee, made up of law enforcement professionals from throughout the Nicolet College District, commended Hopfensperger for his “remarkable display of courage, uncommon valor, selflessness, and excellence in policing.”

Events unfolded the night of the Antigo High School Prom April 23, when an 18-year-old with a rifle opened fire outside of the high school, injuring two students as they were leaving the prom.

While on patrol that night around the high school, Officer Hopfensperger heard the gun shots, responded to the scene, and literally within seconds shot and killed the gunman, stopping the threat and saving lives. 

Pictured here, standing left to right, are Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller, Antigo Police Officer Andrew Hopfesnperger, Jr., receiving the the plaque of commendation from Rhinelander Police Department Captain Ron Lueneburg, and Antigo Police Department Lieutenant Jim Kolpak, far right.

Lueneburg is also Chair of the Nicolet College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.

Nicolet College serves the northern portion of Langlade County and Chief Deputy John Schunke of the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department serves on the Advisory Committee.