At 27 News, "We've Got You Covered". So we want to recognize some unsung heroes during the month of November, in a segment we're calling "They've got You Covered, Too."
Recently, we went on a ride-along with one of those daily heroes, Deputy Eric Novotny, one of two Beltline officers with the Dane County Sheriff's Office.
It was a busy morning, filled with a fender bender and a disabled vehicle, incidents Dep. Novotny has become expert at clearing in the nearly 10 years he's been working the Beltline beat, ever since the program started.
His job is to keep you safe and keep traffic flowing on the 16-mile Beltline.
"Yes, the scenery does get monotonous," says Novotny. "But what are we up to, 8-10 calls now. People think I'm a little off, wanting and loving what I do."
While he may not be able to stop crashes from happening, Novotny proudly cites statistics that show his timely service has helped reduce secondary crashes, often caused by gawkers, by 59 percent.