Milwaukee and Madison Police Departments
Bert Revels started as a patrolman with the Milwaukee Police Department on November 30, 1959. While on patrol on Christmas evening, 1965, Officer Revels observed a man standing on the steps of a local tavern. The man held a threatening shotgun in his hands. Officer Revels reacted by drawing his service revolver and ordering the man to drop his weapon. Instead of surrendering, the man opened fire and shot Officer Revels, 42 shotgun pellets penetrating his body. Officer Revels lay wounded in the street as the menacing gunman approached him. Although being in position to return fire on the gunman, Officer Revels held back due to several spectators being in the line of fire. When all of the innocent citizens were safely out of the way, Officer Revels returned fire and fatally wounded the gunman.
Witnesses to the incident said that Officer Revels saved countless lives while he lay bleeding in the street, refusing to shoot, while people were in harms way that Christmas night.
Bert Revels took leave from police work in the mid 60’s. He missed police work, and was hired once again as a police officer, this time with the Madison Police Department in 1977. In the words of fellow officer Timothy Hahn, “Bert still ran on calls at the age of 61 … He was in better physical shape then most guys in their 20’s. I’d go through any door with him as my backup.”
Sergeant Bert Revels recently retired from the Madison Police Department at the age of 61.