Friends share memories of Tomah State Trooper killed in crash

Friends of a Wisconsin State Trooper who was killed in a traffic crash earlier this week are sharing their fond memories of the man they called “Boro.”

34-year-old Anthony Borostowski died when his patrol car hit a tree along Interstate 90-94 near Lake Delton early Tuesday morning.

Officials are investigating whether Borostowski was attempting to catch up to a traffic violator on the interstate when he lost control of his car at 4:30 a.m.

Borostowski was also a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, serving in three deployments as a combat medic and trauma specialist in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Reaching the rank of Staff Sgt. in the Guard, Borostowski was also training to become a Drill Sergeant.

Tim Ehlers and James McCabe served in the Wisconsin National Guard with Borostowski, and also worked with him in civilian life while working for Sparta Ambulance.

Ehlers says the one word to describe Borostowski was “professional,” but he never let that get in the way of being kind.

“The bottom line is he was truly that caring individual, that it didn’t matter if he was best friends with you or if he met you today, he would do anything for you to help you out. He was just truly a good guy,” said Ehlers.

McCabe was deployed with Borostowski in Afghanistan in 2012. While they were ultimately split up when they got there, McCabe says they still kept in touch.

“He had a unique, quirky sense of humor, and he came in real easy into the unit and brought out the best in everybody,” said McCabe.

Borostowski earned multiple awards for his military service, including the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Drill Sergeant’s Badge.

He also received the State Patrol’s Lifesaving Award in 2015 after saving a man’s life by performing CPR, meeting Governor Scott Walker at the ceremony.

On Tuesday, Governor Walker ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff to honor Borostowski.

The cause of the crash that killed Borostowski is still under investigation.