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)
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
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)
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
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)
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
Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley (Ashwaubenon, WI)
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)
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: