Guardsmen remember fallen trooper who served alongside them as caring, professional

Guardsmen remember fallen trooper who served alongside them as caring, professional
Courtesy SCSO
Tpr. Anthony Borostowski

Members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard are remembering a state trooper who died in a crash in Sauk County Tuesday.

Trooper Anthony Borostowski died early Tuesday morning in a crash on Interstate 90-94 near Lake Delton.

In addition to patrolling Wisconsin’s highways, Borostowski served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a staff sergeant.

Borostowski deployed as a combat medic and trauma specialist to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded numerous military awards for his service.

Staff Sgt. Tim Ehlers serves in the guard and is also a first responder in Sparta and Tomah, so he knew Borostowski both as a soldier and a trooper.

He remembers Borostowski, known to those in the Guard by the nickname “Boro,” as a true professional who loved to share stories and cared about people.

“Boro was that guy that would do anything for anyone,” Ehlers said. “He was truly just that all-around good guy. He did an amazing job correlating both his civilian work and his national guard work.”

“He would instruct medics off of scenarios that he lived and saw as a trooper,” Ehlers added. “In the same fact he would use his skills as a (non-commissioned officer) in the Army to take command and control at accident scenes. He was that prototypical National Guard soldier.”

James McCabe, who works alongside Ehlers at the Sparta Area Ambulance Service, was also a staff sergeant in the Guard. He said he would always remember Borostowski’s “quirky” sense of humor.

“It made time pass and it was always interesting,” McCabe said.

McCabe remembered Borostowski as someone who “brought out the best in everybody.”

“Boro was always outgoing, he was honest, straightforward, professional in everything he did,” McCabe said. “He cared about everyone that he encountered and everything that we did.”

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

Borostowski’s patrol car hit a tree on a stretch of the interstate near Lake Delton.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash as flags fly at half-staff until his funeral, which is scheduled for Monday afternoon at Sparta High School.