In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).
Date: November 11, 2016
Subject: Rescue Call (16-40729)
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser
On Friday November 11, 2016 at approximately 8:10 a.m., a Village of Richfield resident located in the 700 block of Hillside Road, contacted the Sheriff’s Office to request an ambulance for a male subject reportedly hit in the head by a log. Deputies and Rescue personnel from the Richfield Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, rescue personnel were directed to a nearby wooded area, and subsequently located a 65 year old Oconomowoc man with a significant head injury. Due to the nature and mechanism of his injury, rescue personnel requested Flight for Life to the scene.
Deputies facilitated Flight for Life’s landing near the intersection of Hillside Road and Meadow View Court. The patient was then brought to the landing zone via a Richfield ambulance. Hillside Road in the area of Meadow View Court was closed for approximately 15 minutes to facilitate Flight for Life’s landing and takeoff. The man was subsequently flown to Froedert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
An investigation revealed that the Oconomowoc man and his wife were on the property cutting firewood. In the process of cutting down a dead tree, a large branch broke off of the trunk, and struck the man who was standing below. While the man’s injuries are serious, they are not considered to be life threatening. There was no indication of foul play.