Hancock native, Wausau-based Wisconsin State Trooper dies after battle with COVID-19

Processional for Trooper Dan Stainbrook took place from Madison to Wisconsin Rapids Wednesday
Trooper Dan Stainbrook
Trooper Dan Stainbrook(Wisconsin State Patrol/DOT)
Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 1:46 PM CST
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Dan Stainbrook, 42, died Monday after a battle with COVID-19. Stainbrook was a 20-year State Patrol veteran who primarily served in Waushara County, through the northcentral regional office based in Wausau.

A GoFundMe for the Stainbrook family says he had been hospitalized since Oct. 27 in Wisconsin Rapids. CLICK HERE to donate to the GoFundMe.

Trooper Stainbrook leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

Wednesday, a processional carrying Trooper Stainbrook ran from Madison to Wisconsin Rapids. Several law enforcement agencies participated and supported the Wisconsin State Troopers, including the Wood County Sheriff’s Department. Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker said that when one law enforcement arm hurts, everyone hurts.

“We’re all on the same team,” said Sheriff Becker. “It doesn’t matter what uniform we wear. We’re all hurting.”

Sheriff Becker believes it’s being treated as a line of duty death.

“We know the state patrol is really hurting and we’re there to provide any support and any help that they need through this difficult time for all of us,” said Sherrif Becker.

The processional ran through Wisconsin Rapids, including a pass by Lincoln High School, where Trooper Stainbrook graduated from. According to Sheriff Becker, students from the high school came out to see the processional as it passed by.

In February, Stainbrook was among several troopers to be recognized for lifesaving at the State Patrol Awards.

On Feb. 12, 2020, Stainbrook, Trooper Trevin Szulczewski and Inspector Tye Howver responded to a crash in Adams County. They found a minivan in a drainage ditch at the bottom of an embankment. Water was rising in the van and two occupants couldn’t escape. Stainbrook entered the van through a rear hatch while the other troopers waded into the water. They were able to free two women from the van. The women were treated at a hospital and survived.

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