The Rock Koshkonong Lake Disctrict congratulates Henry Sautin on his service, his leadership and his stewardship of the Rock River Safety Patrol in the role as both the Chief and Captain of the RRSP for the past 13 years. Ryan Peterson will take over as the new new Chief of the Patrol and Sautin will remain in the position of Captain.

About Henry Sautin

Captain Sautin started as an officer with the RRSP in 1980 and was appointed Captain in 2003. He worked for the Rock County Sheriff’s Department and retired after 21 years of service as a Deputy Sheriff. He was the dive team leader for Rock County for over 11 years. In addition to the dive team he was involved in Rock Counties boat patrol and airboat operations. Some of his training included becoming a certified SCUBA Diving instructor, and Dive Rescue International water rescue specialist. In addition, he attended many other boat and water related training programs.

About the Rock River Safety Patrol

The Rock River Safety Patrol is a State of Wisconsin certified Law Enforcement agency that has been promoting water safety and enforcing DNR boating laws for over 40 years. The RRSP’s area of responsibility is on the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong in Albion, Fulton, Koshkonong, Milton and Sumner Townships in Rock, Dane and Jefferson Counties.

In addition to its Law Enforcement function the RRSP is also involved with water rescues and recoveries. The RRSP also investigates boating accidents as well as other water related incidents.

The RRSP is part of a Multi-Jurisdictional Water Rescue Program along with Jefferson and Rock Counties, Edgerton, Fort Atkinson, Lake Mills and Milton Fire Departments. These agencies and departments have trained together, developed rescue procedures and have developed water rescue plans to aid in water rescues.

The Rock River Safety Patrol’s Mission

The mission of the RRSP is to promote boating safety by gaining compliance with the Boating Laws of the State of Wisconsin.

While sometimes issuing a citation is necessary it’s not the only tool the RRSP uses to gain compliance with the law. The RRSP does complementary boat inspections and answers the boater’s questions regarding boating equipment and safe boating operation. The most valuable tool of the RRSP is its mere presence. The presences of the patrol boat in itself helps remind boaters to obey the boating laws. The officers of the RRSP are also involved in teaching DNR Boating Safety Classes, another valuable tool in reducing injuries and fatalities on our waterways. The RRSP works closely with the DNR and our local DNR Wardens to promote water safety.