Michigan State Police 100th anniversary patrol  car sits on display inside Macomb Mall last year for Heroes Day.

Michigan State Police 100th anniversary patrol car sits on display inside Macomb Mall last year for Heroes Day.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Macomb Mall to host 6th annual Heroes Day

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 7, 2019

 Eastpointe Police Department Detective Alex  Holish represents  the department  with one of its police cars at last year’s Heroes Day.

Eastpointe Police Department Detective Alex Holish represents the department with one of its police cars at last year’s Heroes Day.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROSEVILLE — Macomb Mall is inviting the public to come by Saturday, May 11, for its sixth annual Heroes Day.

Heroes Day honors first responders from the local community while giving residents and shoppers the chance to chat with police officers, firefighters and paramedics; get a close-up look at their equipment; and check out resources that the departments have to keep their local areas safe.

“Heroes Day is a partnership we do with the Roseville Police Department, and we’ve expanded it to include neighboring law enforcement agencies and other organizations that are working to keep our communities safe,” said mall Assistant General Manager Apple Wick. “Macomb Mall thinks it’s important to host this event as a committed community partner. What better way to do that than to honor our local heroes? We are honored to host it.”

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free to attend and will take place both inside the mall and in the parking lot.

Several local agencies are taking part, and their officers are eager to get an opportunity to speak with members of the communities that they serve. 

“It’s a good opportunity to meet the Roseville police and other first responders and see how well Macomb Mall is doing,” said Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe. “We’re happy they continue to have this wonderful event, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

The participating departments will be bringing a variety of exhibits to show off, and in some cases, try out.

“The K-9 units are always fun. Being able to get up close to all the vehicles  — whether they are the historic vehicles or the current ones — is cool and always hands-on,” said Wick. “There are great resources people can take advantage of, such as the Michigan ChildID kits. Every year, we invite new people and have some returning favorites come back. It’s so great to see this all come together.”

Different kinds of first responders will be on hand to share the ins and outs of their various jobs. A giant inflatable obstacle course, courtesy of the National Guard, also has been booked. 

“We’ll have our community outreach officer there, and we’ll have members of the Emergency Response Team, which includes things like SWAT equipment and so forth,” said Monroe. “Community outreach is important. Macomb Mall is a big part of the city, and this is a good event. Any opportunity we get to interact with the citizens in an informal capacity is a good thing for the department.”

Monroe said events like this are crucial for law enforcement because it allows them to interact with residents in ways they often don’t get to do while they are on duty.

“It’s good, because a lot of the time, we’re only dealing with citizens when they’re in trouble, and we want to remind people we’re here to help them and are there to sit down and listen to residents,” he said. “We do all kinds of things; we’re here to help people in a variety of ways. Any chance to show people, that is a chance we try to take.”

Wick hopes people will take the opportunity to learn more about their local heroes, thank them and take advantage of some of the resources they will bring to the event, such as the ID kits.

“It’s a free, fun, family-oriented event. There’s something for every age and it’s interactive and allows people to get up close and personal with real-life heroes and learn about the work they are doing in our own backyards,” Wick said. “Plus, it’s not every day you see the inside of a mall filled with emergency vehicles. Kids can climb through the cars and learn how police and fire departments work.”

She added that it should be a fun outing for people of all ages.

“We hope everybody comes out and has a great time,” Wick said. “Macomb Mall always has some fun things happening, and this will be something everyone will enjoy.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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