Not many people have a life-changing moment at age 5, but Erik Smedema, a lieutenant for the Beaver Dam Police Department, found his life’s calling and a passion for hockey after almost losing his life at that age.
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Smedema spends several nights a week coaching three girls hockey teams that practice at Beaver Dam Family Center. Erik said he was asked to coach after his daughters Emily and Addison became interested. He has been able to return to a sport he played at their age and all the way through high school.