City honors officers for saving lives, fighting crime in 2015

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 30, 2016

 Grosse Pointe City Detective Sgt. Christopher Lee receives an Officer of the Year award from Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni for his work in a number of areas in 2015.

Grosse Pointe City Detective Sgt. Christopher Lee receives an Officer of the Year award from Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni for his work in a number of areas in 2015.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran


GROSSE POINTE CITY — Several of Grosse Pointe City’s public safety officers were honored in front of an audience of City leaders, residents, friends and family members for their work in 2015.

Although not all of the honorees were available for the presentation, Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni announced the awards and the reasons behind them during a March 21 City Council meeting.

Introducing Poloni, Mayor Dale Scrace said the awards are something “we all look forward to every year.”

Lt. John Alcorn was given a lifesaving award for assisting Grosse Pointe Shores officers on the scene of a motorcycle crash on Lake Shore Road on Aug. 19, 2015. The injured biker had been part of a group of motorcyclists who’d been speeding through the Pointes and refused to stop for police in the various cities, including the City and Farms. Police said he eventually crashed while driving in the opposing lane of traffic and badly hurt his leg. Poloni said Alcorn helped his Shores peers to stanch the heavy bleeding until the biker could be transported to St. John Hospital and Medical Center, where an emergency room doctor on duty said that if it hadn’t been for the work of that group of officers, the man would have died.

For their efforts to revive a woman who was having trouble breathing in the 500 block of Lincoln Road on June 6, 2015, officer Thomas Martindale, Sgt. Joseph Adams and Sgt. Ronald Sandzik were also given lifesaving awards. Poloni said that when the officers arrived at the home, the woman had no pulse. They performed CPR on her and were able to restore her pulse before she was taken to Beaumont Hospital, Grosse, Pointe for additional treatment.

“The quick response of … the entire unit is to be commended,” Poloni said.

Alcorn, Martindale, Sandzik and Adams weren’t able to receive their awards in person.

For leading the department in drunken driving arrests, Sgt. J.P. Cormier received an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For the second year, Detective Sgt. Christopher “C.J.” Lee was named Officer of the Year by Poloni. Starting in July, a record number of retirements in 2015 left Lee as the sole member of the detective bureau, and he led investigations into a bank robbery, fraud ring, home invasion, embezzlement and other cases, Poloni said. Lee also served as the City’s fire inspector and fire marshal, which kept him busy as he reviewed new businesses in the community and helped a neighboring community with an arson investigation, Poloni said.

“I can’t say enough about C.J.,” Poloni said. “He has just done yeoman’s work this past year.”

City officials praised the officers for their work in the past year.

“Congratulations to our police officers,” City Councilwoman Jean Weipert said.

Lee thanked his fellow officers and his family — including wife Mary and young son Andrew, who were on hand to see him receive his award.

“If it weren’t for their support, I wouldn’t be here today,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll continue to do a good job for (the City).”