Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin receives a commemorative coin.

Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin receives a commemorative coin.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


‘Guardians’ honored for keeping county safe

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 3, 2018

 The front and the back of the bicentennial coin presented to local public safety officials was on display for all to view during  a National Loyalty Day event May 1 at the Macomb County Administration Building.

The front and the back of the bicentennial coin presented to local public safety officials was on display for all to view during a National Loyalty Day event May 1 at the Macomb County Administration Building.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

MOUNT CLEMENS — Thirteen Macomb County first responders and military members were honored May 1 for their services during a National Loyalty Day ceremony in Mount Clemens.

The event, held inside the Macomb County Administration Building’s Bobby Hill Welcoming Center, was the latest event marking the county’s bicentennial this year, and it honored “the guardians that defend and protect our neighborhoods and nation.”

“For 200 years, Macomb County has been kept safe by our local law enforcement agencies and our United States military,” Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said. “We owe these brave men and women a great deal for this service, and I am very pleased that we can recognize their commitment to our communities at this event today.”

The event was hosted by county officials and made possible with support from members of the Old Settlers VFW Post 4659, VFW Post 6691 in Fraser, the Fraser Public Safety Honor Guard and Fire Division, and Sam Sorrento.

Representatives from all branches of the U.S. military and local public safety organizations attended the ceremony and received a​ commemorative​ coin ​commissioned by the county and ​designed by Mike Sand​, a ​​veteran and co-chair of the Military, Veteran Affairs and First Responders Bicentennial Sub-Committee.

Deputy County Executive Pam Lavers presented the coins, which feature the official seals of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department​ and local ​police, fire and emergency medical services​​. The Macomb County bicentennial logo is featured on the coin’s other side.

“As part of our bicentennial celebration​s,​​ ​I couldn’t imagine a more fitting way ​​to show loyalty and support of our United States military and first responders by honoring the​m as​ ​our guardians with a commemorative coin,” ​said Lavers. “I am incredibly thankful for their service to our communities and to the country.”

Hackel said that with more than 30 years of public safety experience under his belt, the ceremony was significant to the former sheriff.

“I have a special place in my heart for these men and women,” he said. “We share a common bond.”

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the honor toward his department was gratifying.

“Anytime we are honored or recognized, it is a great sense that we are making a difference,” said Wickersham.

For information on upcoming events to mark the county’s 200th birthday, visit Macomb200.org.