Granton's Pat Wolf Named
First Responder of the Year

Donna Rozar and Pat Wolf

State Representative Donna Rozar presents Granton emergency medical technician Pat Wolf with the First Responder of the Year award for Wisconsin’s 69th Assembly District.
Wolf has spent 30 years as a first responder.
He was recognized in a Nov. 1st ceremony at the Granton Fire Hall.
Valorie Brecht/Clark County Press

By Valorie Brecht

He’s always ready to lend a helping hand.

Granton emergency medical technician (EMT) Pat Wolf was honored last week with the 2021 Hometown Hero Award—69th Assembly District First Responder of the Year.

“It is really an honor to come to Granton to present this to Pat. I know the people in your community appreciate what you do. Your selfless dedication is appreciated by all,” said 69th Assembly District Representative Donna Rozar, who presented Wolf with the award during a ceremony Nov. 1 at the Granton Fire Hall.

Every year, citizens in each of the Wisconsin Assembly districts have the opportunity to nominate a first responder to be honored during National First Responder Month.

Village clerk Joye Eichten nominated Wolf, who is president of the Granton Area First Responders, for the award. She also nominated Janell Walter, vice president of the group.

I was so excited when I heard the 69th Assembly District was looking for names to honor first responders. I submitted the dynamic duo here. They lead all the trainings and show up at village board meetings. They spend time showing the board and the community their equipment,” said Eichten.

She said when she found out she could only nominate one person, she chose Wolf because he had been a first responder the longest – 30 years as opposed to Walter’s 19. But Eichten reiterated her praise of both.

“Hats off to them and to all our first responders,” she said.

Rozar also gave her commendation.

“Everybody is to be commended, but we could only make one plaque. The community appreciates you, Pat, for what you do,” she said.

Wolf received a plaque affixed with the official Wisconsin seal and signed by Rozar. It reads, “Whereas Pat Wolf the Granton area with honor and distinction as an EMT … and whereas, Pat Wolf has demonstrated leadership in the line of duty and while ensuring the department stays up to date with the latest equipment through his fundraising efforts.”

Wolf was appreciative of the recognition, although he was quick to share the honor with others. He praised his “Awesome team of first responders; the Neillsville, Loyal and Pittsville ambulance services; and the Granton Area Fire and Rescue.

It wouldn’t be possible without all of their help. It’s a team effort as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

Walter also spoke and shared her appreciation for Wolf.

“Pat, you are such an inspiration and an amazing role model to our group. You don’t do it for the glory, but for the life that you might save. Whether you are doing CPT [current procedural terminology], extricating someone from a wrecked car or holding the hand of a little old lady, you do whatever is needed. No matter the time call – trauma, medical or just someone not feeling well; you are always willing to drop what you are doing or crawl out of your nice warm bed and answer the call,” Walter said.

“You have opened your house up to the group to offer trainings and help new members study for the national registry test. You are always there with words of encouragement following calls and checking on others after a not-so-good call. I can truly see your love for helping others … I am proud to work alongside of you. Congratulations, Pat.”

Walter presented Wolf with a gift on behalf of the Granton Area First Responders.

More than 50 people, including many first responders from Granton and Neillsville, attended the ceremony to honor Wolf. They enjoyed refreshments afterwards and offered Wolf their congratulations.


Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

November 10, 2021

Transcribed by Dolores M. Kenyon, November 10, 2021.

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, November 11, 2021. 

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