By Becki Stradtman
Every day in the State of Wisconsin, many firefighters and law enforcement personnel go to work to protect the citizens of their state.
These brave men and women are often overlooked…
In the early 1990’s, Vincent Beaton had an idea… He didn’t think it was right that police officers or firefighters had to die in the line of duty to be recognized as heroes. In 1919, his father, Finlay Beaton, a Superior Police Officer,was killed in the line of duty. Vincent mentioned his idea to then Superior Mayor, Herb Bergson, who contacted state lawmakers,
and in 1995 the State of Wisconsin Fire & Police Hall of Fame became a reality.
The State of Wisconsin Fire & Police Hall of Fame is located in the City of Superior at the Old Firehouse and Police Museum, to honor police officers and fire fighters of Wisconsin for their dedicated public service.
In 1998 the first formal induction ceremony was held in Superior, Wisconsin, with Finlay Beaton being the first inductee. Since then,there have been 38 firefighters and 20 law enforcement officers inducted into the Hall of
Fame. The inductees from all across the state of Wisconsin are honored with a banquet and ceremony where many have shared their stores of heroism or achievement.
Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers are nominated for acts of heroism or lifetime achievements. The nominations are sent to a group of firefighting or law enforcement professionals from all across the State of Wisconsin called “selectors”. The selectors review the nominations and give them a score to determine if they are eligible for induction in to the Hall of Fame.
The State of Wisconsin Fire & Police Hall of Fame is accepting nominations. You don’t have to be in the profession to nominate someone! Anyone can nominate a firefighter or law enforcement officer for induction into the Hall of Fame. There are countless acts of heroism and many admirable achievements
involving our State’s Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers every year… we need to hear about them!