La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, more commonly known as the Society of the 40 and 8, presented its 2014 Hero of the Year Award to Trooper Robert Unruh of the Wisconsin State Patrol at its recent Grand Promenade (Convention) in Neenah, Wisconsin in August. The award recognizes the action taken by Trooper Unruh on January 7, 2014 at Roberts, Wisconsin, when he entered a burning dwelling to remove the occupant to safety.
La Societe was formed as the honor organization of the American Legion in 1920. Its primary programs are Nurses Training, Child Welfare, Americanism and Community Service (including awards such as Hero of the Year). It is open to membership for all honorably discharged veterans of the United States armed forces. Trooper Unruh was nominated by Saint Croix County Voiture Locale 1485, which also sponsors Nurses Training scholarships at the New Richmond campus of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College as its major program.
For more information about the 40 and 8, contact Michael McFarlin at 715-246-4208 or John Helgeson at 715-381-3945.