Proclamations honor police, EMS and public works employees in Grosse Pointe Woods

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 8, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Several city employees will be recognized for their work this month through proclamations that Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Art Bryant presented at the May 3 City Council meeting held via Zoom videoconferencing.

Bryant read through all three proclamations that highlight employees in the city: one for Emergency Medical Services Week, held May 16-22; one for National Public Works Week, also held May 16-22; and one for National Police Week, held May 9-15.

In addition, Peace Officers Memorial Day is May 15, which honors peace officers who lost their lives or became disabled in the performance of their duty. Peace officers are law enforcement personnel whose duty is to preserve public peace.

“Thanks to all of these people that do so much good work for us,” Bryant said.

EMS staff provide lifesaving care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and teams consist of physicians, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, first responders, educators, administrators and more.

“The residents of Grosse Pointe Woods benefit daily from the knowledge and skills of the paramedics, medical first responders and firefighters of the City of Grosse Pointe Woods,” the resolution states.

“They’re the people that come to us in the greatest time of need. They are there side-by-side with our (public safety) officers,” City Administrator and Police Commissioner Bruce Smith said, who also acknowledged the city’s Public Safety Department. “Law enforcement has done a tremendous job performing their duties during this pandemic. They are highly deserving of recognition for a job well done under difficult circumstances.”

Grosse Pointe Woods Director of Public Services Frank Schulte said the Department of Public Works has a talented group of employees. They completed many projects this year, including raising docks and sandbagging the Lake Front Park marina during flooding. With the COVID-19 pandemic, they disinfected offices weekly, installed automatic hand faucets and made face shields to protect employees.

“The employees seem very happy and they’re very motivated,” Schulte said.