When Chief Edward A. Flynn presents the merit awards at tonight’s Police/Citizen Merit Awards Ceremony, the presentation of the Purple Star Award will recall a Christmas miracle.
District 2 Police Officer Frank T. Vrtochnick inspired the entire community and the Milwaukee Police family to believe in the power of the human spirit to heal.
On Sunday, December 25, 2011, as part of their Anti-Gang Enforcement duties, Police Officer Frank T. Vrtochnick and his partner Dayon Ninkovic were patrolling in the 1800 block of West Windlake Avenue when, without warning, a dark-colored auto sped toward them on the wrong side of the street. In an effort to avoid being hit, Officer Vrtochnick left the vehicle, but was struck and thrown 30 feet.
Officer Vrtochnick’s injuries were extensive. After nearly a month-long hospital stay, he faces extensive rehabilitation and the possibility of life-long disabilities. Displaying his exceptional character, Officer Vrtochnick said at the time, “If this had to happen to anyone, I’m glad it happened to me and not to someone else.”
We are proud to call him a Milwaukee Police Officer and we continue to pray for his recovery.