Allan James Laski died attempting to help rescue Dennis R. Drew, Lauren D. Hesebeck, and Mark J. Roidt from assault, Birchwood, Wisconsin, November 21, 2004. Drew, 55; Hesebeck, 48; and Roidt, 28, were with other members of a deer hunting party on private property when they confronted a trespasser. They directed him to leave. The trespasser, armed with a rifle, started to walk away but then opened fire on the hunters, wounding Drew, Hesebeck, and another man and killing Roidt and two others. At their nearby cabin, other members of the hunting party were alerted by radio to the shooting, including Laski, 43, lumber yard manager, and the daughter of one of the victims. Not knowing the assailant’s whereabouts, they set out on an all-terrain vehicle to the scene, but en route they too were shot and mortally wounded by him. The assailant reappeared at the scene and opened fire on Hesebeck, then fled. Others arrived shortly and took Hesebeck and Drew to safety. Hospitalized, Drew died the next day of his injury. Hesebeck was also hospitalized, for treatment, including surgery, of a shoulder wound, and he recovered.
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Allan James Laski, 43, of Haugen, Wis., died on Nov. 21, 2004, from a gunshot wound. Laski was born on May 10, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis.
He graduated from Owen-Withee High School in 1979, then earned a degree in wood techniques from WWTC-Eau Claire. He managed various United Building Centers throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota for 21 years.
Laski was an avid outdoor sportsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching the Packers. He enjoyed many elk hunting trips out west with family and friends.
(Edited from The Chronotype, Rice Lake, Wis., Nov. 18, 2005.)