Colonel J.D. Lind, Superintendent of the Wisconsin State Patrol sadly reports the death of Trooper Anthony Borostowski.

Trooper Borostowski, 34, was on Interstate 90-94, conducting a routine stationary patrol of the freeway in the median. A witness reported that he was observed parked in the median. Shortly afterward, Trooper Borostowski was traveling east at a high rate of speed. He did not have his emergency equipment on his patrol vehicle activated, which is normal when trying to catch up to a traffic violator.

About a mile down the roadway, that same witness saw the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car rolled over in a ditch. The citizen called 911 to report the crash. When first responders arrived, they found the patrol vehicle had also slammed into a tree after rolling over. Trooper Borostowski was killed instantly.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and their Crash Reconstruction Specialist Team are investigating the crash. High speeds are considered a factor in the crash as well as possible slippery road conditions.

Borostowski is the second member of the 60th recruit class to die in the line of duty. In 2015, Trooper Trevor Casper was ambushed, shot and killed by a bank robbery suspect on his first day as a solo officer on patrol.

Anthony Borostowski served the Wisconsin State Patrol for two and one half years. He was honored by Governor Scott Walker and earned a Life Saving Award by the State Patrol for his efforts in performing CPR on a citizen, thereby saving that person’s life.

Trooper Borostowski also was a staff sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He served as a combat medic in Kuwait in 2005 with the 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry. In 2009 he was deployed to Iraq as a trauma specialist with the 108th Forward Support Company. His third deployment was to Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery Company again as a combat medic. He had recently completed his Drill Sergeant Instructor Course in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was assigned as a drill sergeant in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. He received numerous campaign medals and military awards during his service.

Anthony Borostowski is the seventh trooper to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the State Patrol.

Trooper Anthony Borostowski is gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

(Grahics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)