Madison police honor woman for fighting against heroin use

Madison police honored staff, community members and businesses at Monona Terrace on Monday for their contributions to the community.

Officers distributed awards for problem solving, lifesaving and outstanding support.

Carol Buege was among the Outstanding Support Award recipients.

Buege lost her son, Craig, to a heroin overdose in 2009. For the last two years, she has been traveling to schools in Dane County, sharing his story.

“I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t lost my son and be doing these things in the schools,” Buege said. “You know, going around to the schools and sharing about his story, hopefully trying to get through to kids so they don’t use drugs, use heroin. But it took that to get to here.”

Buege was one of more than 80 honorees.