Dennis L. Roux helped to rescue Dennis R. Drew and Lauren D. Hesebeck from assault, Birchwood, Wisconsin, November 21, 2004. Drew, 55, and Hesebeck, 48, were with others 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 three others. Other members of the hunting party at their nearby cabin were alerted by radio to the shooting. Two of them responded to the scene in an all-terrain vehicle and evacuated one of the surviving victims, but two more rescuers responding in an all-terrain vehicle were shot and mortally wounded by the assailant while en route. The assailant reappeared at the scene and opened fire on Hesebeck, then fled. Two other members of the party at the cabin, Roux, 63, retired union officer, and Drew’s brother, learned that Drew needed a pickup truck for his evacuation. Despite not knowing the assailant’s whereabouts, they responded to the scene in a pickup and evacuated Drew and Hesebeck, Roux tending Drew in the bed of the truck as they returned to the cabin. 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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Dennis L. Roux, 63, of Rice Lake, Wis., formerly of Milwaukee, Wis., died on vacation in Jamaica on March 7, 2005. Roux was born on Nov. 4, 1941, in Rice Lake. He moved with his family to Milwaukee when he was an infant.
Roux worked at A.O. Smith Tower Corp. for 35 years in many capacities, including chairman of the grievance committee. He retired on April 1, 2000. He moved back to his lake home in Rice Lake and enjoyed his retirement days going to the area casinos, hunting, and fishing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
(Edited from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 10, 2005.