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Since Ashley and Talhia's deaths, a number of people and organizations have supported "Ashley's Story" and our mission to prevent drunk driving and the senseless and preventable deaths that too often come with it. We recognize all of their ongoing efforts below.  


The Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department (APSD)

Police and Rescue Officers of the Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department were the first responders that were dispatched to the crash scene. It is one that they will never forget and was described by many as the "worst" one they have ever seen.  Like us, these first responders also live with the horrible memories of Ashley and Talhia's deaths. Through the entire case, members of the APSD perservered and worked tirelessly to see that justice was ultimately served. We recognize the efforts of all investigators and officers who thoroughly investigated this crime, testified in various court hearings, and fought for Ashley and Talhia - YOU are their voices. 


The Brown County District Attorney's Office  

We are grateful for the countless hours and dedication that Brown County District Attorney's Dave Lasee and Tom Coaty put into Ashley and Talhia's case. You helped ensure that justice was served. We are especially grateful for Victim-Witness Coordinator Karen Doreau who continously kept us up to date regarding court hearing dates and times and thoroughly explained every step of the process. Sitting through the week-long trial in March 2009 was like reliving the tragedy all over again and you helped make a difference by fighting for us and speaking for Ashley and Talhia.  


The Green Bay Police Department (GBPD)   

Words fall short of describing how the men and women of the GBPD have supported us through this tragedy. From the night of June 3, 2008 when Officer Dave Steffens and Chad Ramos came over to be present during our worst moments - we thank you. To the men and women who have made it their priority to take drunk drivers off the streets through proactive enforcement and helping save the lives of others - we thank you. We also recognize the proactive efforts of Lt. Brad Florence who keeps our battle against drunk driving on the front lines through the department's innovative "Night Heat" program. Since Ashley and Talhia's senseless and preventable deaths, drunk driving arrests have increased significantly and in 2009 Green Bay Police Officers arrested 1,298 drunk drivers.  Finally, we are especially thankful for the annual "Ashley Knetzger OWI Award" program that is given to the GBPD police officer that makes the most OWI arrests in a year. 


The Wisconsin State Patrol - Accident Reconstruction Unit

We are grateful for the services of the Wisconsin State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Unit and namely Trooper Duane Meyers. Trooper Meyers is recognized for his countless hours that he put in analyzing and reconstructing the crash that took the lives of Ashley and Talhia. Trooper Meyers testimony and reconstruction report was instrumental during the trial, which resulted in a guilty verdict.   


Texas Roadhouse (Green Bay, WI)

The ownership, management, and employees of Texas Roadhouse (TRH) have continually supported us and helped keep Ashley's memory alive through financial support of her NWTC nursing scholarship.  TRH has also showed their ongoing support through sponsoring fundraising events, including softball tournaments, that also help raise funds for the scholarship.  


Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley (Ashwaubenon, WI) 

The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley (ABA) donated their facility for a scholarship fundraising event in 2009. The event helped raise nearly $6,000 for the NWTC Foundation and both Ashley and Talhia's scholarship funds. The management, namely Dave Labar, is recognized for his generosity and support of Ashley and Talhia's scholarship funds.  Visit the ABA Web site at: http://www.ashbowl.com/ 


JAG Inc. Outdoor Advertising (Algoma, WI) 

We are forever grateful for  JAG Outdoor Advertising who supported our mission to raise awareness and make a difference by putting up our billboard on U.S. 41. The billboard displays a photograph of Ashley and Talhia with the bold phrase, "Killed by a drunk driver - June 3, 2008." This billboard is displayed each June as a sobering reminder regarding the dangers of drunk driving. We are especially grateful for the generosity of Pat Heil.  Visit JAG Inc. Web site at: http://www.jagoutdoor.com/ 

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