Following is a story of heroism for which the officers will receive a high honor from the Milwaukee Police Department at Tuesday’s Police/Citizen Merit Awards Ceremony. District 1 Police Officer Mark M. Kubicek will receive the Medal of Honor and District 1 Police Officer Corey D. Kroes will receive a Meritorious Service Award.
On Friday, November 11, 2011, at 3:30 p.m., Police Officers Mark M. Kubicek and Corey D. Kroes responded to a holdup alarm at the Guaranty Bank on West Wisconsin Avenue.
Upon their arrival, a security guard told them that the bank had just been robbed and the suspect had run away. The officers began searching the area and saw a suspect who matched the bank robber’s description. Officer Kubicek, arming himself with a patrol rifle, got out of the squad and confronted the suspect, ordering him to stop. Instead, the suspect began running with Officer Kubicek pursuing him on foot.
As he ran, the suspect took out a handgun. He turned toward Officer Kubicek, pointed and fired from a distance of about 10 feet, barely missing him. Fearing for the safety of the people on the street, Officer Kubicek did not return fire. The suspect continued to run, still armed with the handgun. Officer Kubicek then took a position of cover, aimed and fired his rifle, striking the suspect. Officer Kroes tactically approached the downed suspect, who was still-armed, removing his weapon and taking him into custody.
The suspect, who was recently released from a 10-year federal prison term for bank robbery and who was wanted in connection with several other bank robberies in the city, died on the scene. Officer Kubicek, who is a seven-year veteran of the U.S. Army, remained calm under pressure. His quick decision-making and proficiency with the patrol rifle brought this extremely dangerous situation to a conclusion with no additional loss of life or injury to any officers or citizens.
We are proud to call him a Milwaukee Police Officer.