Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Officer Ronald L. Leist
1939 — 1969
the call of duty
Police Officer Ronald Leist
sacrificed his life
in a heroic
attempt to rescue
a drowning man
in the Algoma Harbor
on Oct. 9, 1969
Erected by The Optimist Club through public contributions.
Location. 44° 36.49′ N, 87° 26.011′ W. Marker is in Algoma, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker can be reached from Steele Street east of Lake Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Algoma WI 54201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christmas Tree Ship Point (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schooner Daniel Lyons (about 400 feet away); American Legion Park (about 800 feet away); The Church of St. Agnes-by-the-Lake (approx. ¼ mile away); Door-Kewaunee County College / Henry Diefenbach Sculptures (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brickyards (approx. The Lumber Industry in Algoma (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bruemmerville (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Algoma.
Regarding Officer Ronald L. Leist. Two men were presumed drowned late Thursday afternoon after they were swept off a pier into Lake Michigan while attempting to rescue another man. Authorities said 12-foot high waves crashed against the [south] pier sweeping Frank Pletcher, 22, of Milwaukee, who was fishing at the time, into the lake. His fishing companion, Wallace Schulist, 32, also of Milwaukee, managed to remain on the pier and was joined by Algoma patrolman Ronald Leist, 30, in an attempt to rescue him.
The Algoma patrolman rushed to the scene and attempted to pull Pletcher back onto the pier when another wave threw all three into the water. Pletcher had previously grabbed onto a life preserver tossed into the water by Schulist.
By standers, including Mayor Arthur Dettman, attempted to rescue the trio. Dettman, who rowed a boat to the end of the pier, got Pletcher to shore while the other two men disappeared in the pounding waves.
–excerpts from Manitowoc Herald Times; October 10 & 27, 1969
Also see . . . Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial. (Submitted on January 4, 2009.)
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