Edward M Baumann
On September 13, 2021, we lost an incredible friend, father, son, brother, and leader. The death of Ed Baumann was a devastating reminder of how precious life and leadership are to all of us. He was the consummate professional who brought a wealth of experience and wisdom as the CEO and Founder of Elite Protection Specialists.
Ed grew up in Milwaukee, was a proud Messmer High School graduate who made their Hall of Fame. Later he attended St. Norbert College, DePere, WI where he majored in sociology and minored in physical education.
Ed began his career at the Village of Pewaukee Police Department in 1975, rose through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and ultimately was appointed Police Chief in 1984. Graduate of the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA. Founder of LACS Critical Incident SWAT Team, now SCIT.
In 2003 Ed and his son Dan, founded Elite Protection Specialists.
Chief Baumann received numerous awards from federal, state and local agencies throughout his career. To note, he was the Volunteer of the Year and awarded Person of the Year in 1997 for the Village of Pewaukee.
Ed never walked away from a challenge and would always drop anything to help someone out. He embodied the one notable speech from Theodore Roosevelt, “The Man in the Arena”….
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.