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VIDEO: Waukesha Patch Editor Gets Tasered

And yes, it was painful as it sounds. But Sarah Millard also learned how to shoot a gun!

I now have something in common with that guy who gave police the slip because

No, I wasn’t running through the neighborhoods naked...

I was Tasered.

I am the world’s biggest wimp when it comes to pain. Seriously. I stub my big toe, and it’s game over. So why on earth would I want to get Tasered?

I’ve been a full-time reporter for more than three years. During the past three years, I’ve had officer after officer share how safe the Taser is and encourage me to be Tasered. In fact, Capt. Scott Luchterhand of the Manitowoc Police Department where I first covered police department news was disappointed that my boss gave me the thumbs down to experiencing the Taser.

That was then. This is now.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared an update about Waukesha Citizens Academy, which is being offered through the , because of breaking news and busy days. But it’s time to share about my experience getting Tasered.

I probably would have wimped out, but I didn’t want to hear about it from Deputy Police Chief Dennis Angle, Capt. Ron Oremus and Sgt. Jerry Habanek, who most likely have been waiting to Taser me for about two years now.

Angle had Taser duty while Oremus and Habanek kept me from hitting my head on the floor. With a quick shot, the probes were in my back and I couldn’t do anything. Five seconds felt like five minutes as my entire body locked up and the electrodes pulsed through me. It’s really hard to explain the feeling until you actually do it.

And then it was done. No more pain. Back to normal. Normal, with a huge grin on my face because I ACTUALLY did it!

I was tasered. Guess I will now know what those criminals go through that I read about in the police blotter.

­­­­­­By the way, I didn’t take a lot of notes on the Tasering statistics, but Habanek presented a lot of information about the voltage of a Taser gun and the impacts it has in use of force instances. Tasers are safe, Habanek told the class, and once the five seconds are over, so is the pain.

Shooting a gun

I also shot a handgun for the first time. I had a fantastic, fantastic instructor teach me how to shoot my 9mm handgun – a SIG Sauer P226 if anyone wanted to know. My first shot, well, let’s just say that had someone been shooting back, I’d be the one that was dead. The next five shots were dead on. I want to take a moment to say a special thanks to my instructor who taught me to shoot A LOT better than my first shot!

Karen Yi October 14, 2011 at 01:54 PM
OMG, that is one heck of a Patch Try! You are so brave! Kudos! — Karen Yi, Local Editor for West Orange Patch
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Thanks Karen, it was horrible for five seconds, and then it was over!
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 02:24 PM
OH MY GOD! Hahaha! So awful!
Roger Igielski October 14, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Nice job Sarah! The conversation value of having done that will make it worth every moment of pain.
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Thanks Roger, you were tasered too in Waukesha Citizens Academy, right?
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Sarah, did you have to go through some sort of medical evaluation before being hit? I would be afraid of having a heart attack or something.
Mark Maley October 14, 2011 at 02:46 PM
And why would you do this??
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Naw, we had paramedics on scene from the Waukesha Fire Department. It was all good.
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Good question - for the sake of journalism? Now when I write about people being Tasered I know what it feels like!
St. Swithin October 14, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Really. Watt's up with that? She must have got a real charge out of it. She's earned her Volter's ID.
Becky Brindle October 14, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Oh wow what a great idea Sarah! You are so brave! Love it!
Jeff Rumage October 14, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Congrats Sarah. I, on the other hand, don't think I will ever be Tasered. I obey the law specifically to avoid experiences like this....
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Funny!!!
Linda October 15, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Sarah, I wouldn't have done it if you and Holly and Sarah P hadn't gone first! I'm proud to be in the company of such great Citizen Policewomen. (But I'd never do that again!) I actually only did it because my husband didn't do it when he went through the academy. Had to show him up. Linda Martin
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 15, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Great job Linda!! You did awesome - I couldn't believe you did it too!!!!! How painful!!
Robert Riechel October 15, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Good article and heads up working to educate the media. Just one point to the Taser trainers. Remember Universal Precautions with the probe removal- where were the gloves?
Paul Furrer October 15, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Linda's Husband says, I sat through a linked arms version, still hurts, but not as much. I would have done more but I didn't want to waste any police materials. (That's believable - right).
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 15, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Sure, Paul, really believable. But no matter which way you spin it, Linda definitely has the toughness factor compared to you! Even a dumb barber or a lame duck should be able to see that!!!! :)
Denise Konkol (Editor) October 21, 2011 at 07:43 PM
My turn's coming, so I guess I will have to agree to be video'd for it. I'm the type of person who has to watch when I get a shot, but in this case, I'd prefer they just do it and not say 'taser, taser taser' to warn me.

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