2021’s Remarkable Women award winner named

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BARRON, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – All month long we’ve brought you the stories of four remarkable western Wisconsin women. Now it’s time to announce our winner.

Dedicated and a team player, these are two ways those at the Barron County Sheriff’s Department describe Investigator Mary Dexter.

First News at Nine’s Maria Blough takes a look at what makes this year’s Remarkable Woman award winner so special.

Co-workers and family gathered Thursday to celebrate First News at Nine’s 2021’s Remarkable Woman Mary Dexter for all she’s done and continues to do in her community.

Dexter began her career in law enforcement more than 40 years ago. Starting as a dispatcher, Dexter worked her way up to becoming a detective.

“It’s been fulfilling work. It’s often hard work but I feel like I can help people,” said Dexter.

One of Dexter’s specialties is working cases involving sexual assault. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Dexter has the special skills it takes to handle these types of cases.

Fitzgerald said, “Both kids and adults, it’s something people don’t want to talk about or remember. Mary has that compassion and has always had that compassion that makes it easy-easy for victims. That’s why she’s our go-to person for a child or adult’s sexual assault.”

Fitzgerald says dexter is an example for all in how she has and continues to serve the victims of Barron County.

For Dexter, she’s grateful for the recognition.

“There are so many people who could also be remarkable women. I guess I have been very blessed to have been able to be working this long at a competitive job and where you need to be at the top of your game,” said Dexter.

As part of being the Remarkable Women winner, Dexter was awarded one thousand dollars to donate to the charity of her choice.

Her selection? The St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team to continue its work bringing justice for victims.

In Barron, Maria Blough First News at Nine.

A big congrats to Mary Dexter and thank you to all who nominated the remarkable women in their lives!

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