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Working to ensure a safe Oktoberfest


La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – With various concerts, games, parades and countless other activities, Oktoberfest can make for a long weekend. Many emergency responders spend time at the Third Street Aid Station to keep festers safe through it all.

Every Oktoberfest, La Crosse Police and Fire Departments, along with Tri-State Ambulance, spend their Friday and Saturday nights in downtown La Crosse.

Throughout the weekend they provide various forms of assistance. Ranging from phone chargers to first aid, the station aims to help reduce dangerous incidents before they occur.

“If they need help in any way we are here to help with anything we possibly can,” Officer Brooke Pataska with the La Crosse Police Department continues, “We’re here to answer any questions, guide them in the right direction.”

Serving as a resource for people while offering stations to charge phones in an effort to reduce drunk driving.

“Someone they can call, or like I said, a taxi or professional cab that can get them home or to whatever safe space they are going to,” Officer Pataska elaborates.

Emergency responders staff the aid station until 3 a.m., with local university students assisting throughout the night.

Peter Lenz

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