National Police Week is a time to honor those in law enforcement who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the communities of this country.
It is also a time when two of the premier service clubs in Dearborn honor members of the Dearborn Police Department who have gone above and beyond in their service to our community.
On May 10, the Exchange Club of Dearborn hosted their annual Dearborn Police Awards Luncheon.
In all, 37 members of the Dearborn Police Department were recognized. Among the most notable, Cpl. David Finazzo was awarded the Police Officer of the Year award, Sgt. Tim McHale was awarded the Outstanding Service Award – Supervisor, and Cpl. Melissa Gajek was awarded the Outstanding Service Award – Non-Supervisor.
Dispatcher Irazema Montana was awarded Dispatcher of the Year. Lt. Donald Armstrong, Lt. Ronald Beggs, and Sgt. Derrick Hadder were all awarded the Meritorious Service Awards. Lt. Donald Wilcox was awarded the Michael A. Guido Community Service Award, Darren Kielb was awarded the Civilian of the Year award, and Cpl. Cyle Giziki received a Life Saving award.
On May 11, the Dearborn Optimist Club hosted their annual Respect for Law Public Safety Awards luncheon.
Detective Cpl. Jane Kass was awarded the Police Officer of the Year Award and Police Explorer Lt. Mariam Hoballah was awarded the Explorer of the Year Award.
The Optimist Club also recognized the members of the Dearborn Fire Department as they awarded Daniel Maironis the Dearborn Firefighter of the Year and William Querfeld as the Fire Cadet of the Year.
The Dearborn Optimist Club also chose to award 19th District Court Judge William Hultgren, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad, who received a Meritorious Service Award; and the ATA Junior Optimist Club, which received a Special Commendation.
Dearborn Police officers who receive awards are nominated by their peers and their supervisors and are selected by a Police Department committee and the Chief of Police.
Chief Haddad and the entire Dearborn Police Department extend their gratitude and thanks to the Exchange Club of Dearborn and the Dearborn Optimist Club for their recognition to public safety and their commitment to the Dearborn community.
“The value that the Exchange Club and the Optimist Club provide to the Dearborn community cannot be overstated," Chief Haddad said, "As a police department we are grateful that they choose to honor the hard work and dedication of our officers.”