Injured bicyclists, a stolen banner and an accidental 911 call

Kyra Price

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Across the Pond
February 14, 2024

Injured Bicyclists on Stein Boulevard

On Sept. 8, an officer was conducting a stationary vehicle patrol at the south pavilion at Bollinger Field. He was approached by an individual who informed him of two injured bicyclists on Stein Boulevard.

He responded to the intersection of Putnam Glen Place and Stein Boulevard, and observed two individuals and two bicycles laying in the northbound lane of traffic.

Several civilian bystanders were giving aid to the injured bicyclists, one of whom informed the officer that both bicyclists were breathing, but going in and out of consciousness.

The officer told the bystanders not to move the bicyclists in case of spinal injuries.

Several vehicles were parked in the roadway to block traffic. The officer had the bystanders move their vehicles so emergency medical services and firefighters could access the scene.

The Eau Claire Police Department, fire department and EMS all responded to the scene.

The officer helped with traffic control and distributed aid as directed by the EMS personnel.

EMS transported the bicyclists to the hospital, and the officer helped the Eau Claire Police Department clean up the scene.

Stolen Banner

On Sept. 12, an officer received an email from the lead of the UW-Eau Claire Grounds Crew in regard to a theft that took place over the weekend.

The grounds crew lead reported a missing UW-Eau Claire banner from a light pole located near the sidewalk on the south side of the Haas Fine Arts lot. The mounting brackets were still attached, but the banner was missing.

The officer attempted to contact the lead by phone and received no response. He attempted to contact the lead again by traveling to the Facilities Management, but was unsuccessful in locating him. 

Soon after, the lieutenant said that the lead had reported the banner stolen on Sept. 10. He said that the Lead had stated that the banner was blue and yellow with “University of Wisconsin Eau Claire” printed on both sides.

The theft was reported to have occurred between Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. and Sept. 10 and 8:37 a.m.

The officer contacted UW-Eau Claire’s Integrated Marketing and Communications department in regards to the price of the stolen banner.

He was instructed to contact a member of UW-Eau Claire’s Facilities Planning, but when he called, he was directed to voicemail.

No Emergency Located

On Sept. 15, an officer was dispatched to Katherine Thomas Hall in reference to a 911 investigation.

The communications center said they received a call in which they heard people in the background speaking a language other than English, but they could not make out the meanings.

The communications center said that the caller seemed to be moving because the phone number plotted in various locations.

The officer responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, the officer saw a group of contractors talking outside of Katherine Thomas Hall. The officer did not observe anyone in need of police or emergency medical attention.

The officer made contact with a contractor, but was guided to a supervisor inside due to language barriers.

The supervisor asked the employees to check their phones, and one showed the officer the 911 call on their phone.

English was not the primary language of the contractors, so the officer employed the supervisor as a translator.

Through the translator, the employee communicated that he did not need medical assistance.

He reported that the phone was in his pocket and was accidentally put into emergency mode while he was performing various construction tasks.

The officer cleared the building.

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