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MADISON - Special Agent Kevin Heimerl of the Wisconsin Department of Justice State Fire Marshal's Office was recently named Investigator of the Year by the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). This award is presented annually to one investigator who has exhibited exemplary professional expertise in either civil or criminal arson control.
Special Agent Heimerl's nomination highlighted a Calumet County arson case from September of 2006. After a systematic investigation executed in conjunction with fire experts hired by the insurance company, he was able to determine the origins of two separate fires within a household; designed by a husband to trap his wife within the master bedroom. Despite uncooperative witnesses, S/A Heimerl was successful in determining the truth, and eventually aided in the guilty plea of the defendant. In 2008, Special Agent Heimerl received the Investigator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of IAAI in recognition for his work on the same case.
"Kevin's dedication to the people of Wisconsin exemplifies the commitment to excellence that we look for throughout the Wisconsin Department of Justice," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "It is our mission to assist law enforcement, and to do so with the highest level of professionalism and competence. Kevin personifies this mission. I am proud to see him honored for his hard work."
Special Agent Heimerl has been an active member of IAAI for many years. In November of 2009 he was granted Certified Fire Investigator status. The CFI program is an established process for identifying and recognizing a fire investigator's expertise. Once this status has been granted, Certified Fire Investigators gain access to advanced resources in the field of arson and explosion investigations.