Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Press Release

Wisconsin State Patrol welcomes chaplains to its ranks


By - Dec 9th, 2016 03:49 pm

The Wisconsin State Patrol today installed the first members of its new Chaplaincy Program. The team of 19 volunteer chaplains, who are ordained or licensed clergy, will provide counseling services for members of the State Patrol and their families. They also will assist the State Patrol with death notifications, crisis responses, and participation in official ceremonies.

“Our sworn officers and civilian staff along with their families may face great emotional challenges during crises and other stressful situations,” says State Patrol Superintendent J.D. Lind. “With their education, training and understanding of law enforcement, our chaplains will help our staff and their families meet the challenges affecting their morale and personal well- being. We are grateful that our chaplains have volunteered their time to helping members of the State Patrol and their families maintain a positive attitude and a well-balanced life.”

The members of the State Patrol Chaplaincy Program are:

Name ​City in Wisconsin
Richard Bartholomew ​Omro
Tim Blackburn ​Racine
Robert Bott ​Holmen
David Bratlie ​Pittsville
Mark Clements ​La Crosse
Bob Goodsell ​DeForest
Tim Greenwald ​Oshkosh
Duane Hamilton ​Wausau
Barry Hoerz ​Black Earth
Mark Holmes ​Superior
Christian Markle ​Phillips
Kevin Morris ​New Richmond
George Papachristou ​Big Bend
Ellen Rasmussen ​Rhinelander
Ben Seamans ​Reedsburg
Jef Skinner ​Sparta
Raymond Slatton ​Wausau
Larry Szyman ​Hudson

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