Appleton school resource officer honored as "Top Cop"

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY)- A school resource officer at Appleton East High School is being honored with the state's "Top Cop" award.

Top Cop award

In April of 2017, Jack Taschner's alertness on the job likely prevented a possible shooting.

Before a big group of colleagues attending a conference on Wednesday afternoon in Appleton, Taschner took center stage to accept the award from Attorney General Brad Schimel, as an example of why the work of a school resource officer does make a difference.

"It's a great honor. Obviously with the outstanding people that are already working in the positions I work in, as well as other law enforcement officers to be recognized for the action, is just tremendous," said Taschner.

Taschner was patrolling the halls at Appleton East High School when he noticed two young men who weren't familiar faces.

"As a school resource officer he recognized some young people that didn't belong in that school. He looked into it. He investigated. Eventually determined they were there to retaliate against someone in that school and the car that brought them there had loaded guns in it," Schimel stated.

The AG says the award signifies the importance of the school resource officer especially at a time when school shootings continue to make headlines.

"In light of everything that's going on in the country it becomes an even more important role than just the average officer with Appleton having the amount of citizens we have. It's tough to feel accountable for all of them, but at the high school you feel accountable for all of them." said Taschner.

Plus, Taschner is no stranger to social media.

As Action 2 News previously reported, he gained national attention last fall for leading this cheer at a football game to rally school spirit.