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Kenosha County Deputy Terry Tifft and K9 Riggs Receive The Hometown Hero Award

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Deputy Terry Tifft, K9 Riggs, State Rep. Amanda Nedweski (R), and Assembly Speaker Robyn Vos (R)
(Photo Courtesy of Official Wisconsin Assembly Photographer)

On Tuesday Jan. 16th, Deputy Terry Tifft and K9 Riggs of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department were presented with the Hometown Hero Award by Rep. Amanda Nedweski (R-Pleasant Prairie). In a ceremony before the Wisconsin State Assembly at the State Capitol, Rep. Nedweski introduced Deputy Tifft and Riggs with a synopsis of their 2021 heroic apprehension of a murder suspect, during which K9 Riggs was shot in the head by the perpetrator. In her concluding comments, Rep. Nedweski urged the body to pass Assembly Bill 75, of which she is a co-author, which would increase penalties for intentional harm against law enforcement dogs.

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Deputy Terry Tifft, K9 Riggs, and State Rep. Amanda Nedweski (R)
(Photo Courtesy of Official Wisconsin Assembly Photographer)

Following a standing ovation from the Assembly, Deputy Tifft acknowledged the support from our community and those who made the trip to Madison to join in celebrating this honor, including his wife, Gwen Tifft, Sheriff David Zoerner, Chief Deputy Justin Miller, and several additional deputies who were proud to support this brave duo. Deputy Tifft and Riggs were presented with an award and citation signed by Rep. Nedweski, Sen. Van Wanggaard, Majority Leader Rep. Tyler August, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. 

Officer Jeff Comp and K9 Jaxx of the Twin Lakes Police Department and State Rep. Nedweski (R)
(Photo Courtesy of Official Wisconsin Assembly Photographer)

“My heart broke for Deputy Tifft when I heard the news of Riggs’ injury on that fateful October day in 2021,” remarked Rep. Nedweski. “One of the first bills I signed onto as a new legislator in 2023 is AB 75, with Deputy Tifft and Riggs in the forefront of my thoughts. In September of 2022, I was proud to present Officer Jeff Comp and K9 Jaxx of the Twin Lakes Police Department with the Assembly’s First Responder of the Year Award. We are so fortunate to have dedicated K9 officers and their amazing partners protecting the people of Kenosha County. With every opportunity, I will do my best to support law enforcement K9 units in Wisconsin.” 

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Link to Assembly Bill 75: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2023/proposals/reg/asm/bill/ab75


Rep. Nedweski (R-Pleasant Prairie) Serves as the Vice Chair of Colleges and Universities and serves on the Assembly Committees on Education, Workforce Development and Economic Opportunities, and Family Law.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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    1. This is a post about some great cops and doesn’t need to be hijacked or sullied by political attacks. Stay classy.

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  1. If we didn’t have Robin – woke and broke we would have with these liberals – he knows the American dream – keep doing a great job RV!

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      1. Actually it’s a very astute move. Complicated to explain but the original Wisconsin law had a cutoff around 15-16 weeks. After Roe v. Wade was vacated there’s a lot of confusion over what the law in Wisconsin is. What is thought of as the current, very restrictive law is the amendment of the original law. Before Roe v. Wade the federal courts struck down most of it and pretty much reverted to the original law. With Roe v. Wade out of the way it’s unclear just what the Wisconsin law really is at this time. That’s being battled out in the courts. One of the issues is whether the state constitution affords greater rights independent of the United States constitution. Some states have found abortion rights exist in the state constitution. Nedweski’s bill would amend the state constitution and put in a 14-week cutoff which would square with the pre-Roe v. Wade federal ruling on Wisconsin’s law and would preempt the Wisconsin Supreme Court from finding abortion rights under the state constitution. Pretty smart move, actually.

        And while many of us would want more the old federal ruling on the Wisconsin abortion law (I read it) makes some sense. It actually did something we haven’t seen in over 50 years — balanced the rights of the mother vs. the unborn child. The case basically says that until viability it’s the mother’s call (right to privacy and bodily autonomy) and after that it’s the rights of the unborn child.

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          1. So overused… part of the problem with Republicans and why this state is headed the wrong direction. Save your energy to fight the libs. Eat our own and we will end up with a bunch of libs who think abortion up to birth is a right.

  2. I remember when it happened. Riggs is one very lucky dog . I doubt the perp will ever see freedom again ,for all he did that day.

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