Sheriff’s Office recognizes excellence

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 14, 2015

 Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham congratulates accountant Christina Miller for being named the sheriff’s Employee of the Year during the 2015 Macomb Sheriff Recognition Award Ceremony held May 12 at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center in Clinton Township.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham congratulates accountant Christina Miller for being named the sheriff’s Employee of the Year during the 2015 Macomb Sheriff Recognition Award Ceremony held May 12 at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center in Clinton Township.

Photo by Sean Work

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MACOMB COUNTY — National Corrections Officers Week was May 2-9, and National Law Enforcement Week was May 10-16.

And like they do each spring, members of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office took time to demonstrate their appreciation for the men and women who dedicate their lives to maintaining the public safety.

“Let’s reflect back on those individuals and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “And let’s pray for the corrections officers and police officers that they don’t have to pay the ultimate sacrifice.”

The 2015 Macomb Sheriff Recognition Award Ceremony was held on May 12 at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center in Clinton Township.

Capt. Brenda Baker was among the members of Wickersham’s chiefs of staff handing out recognition awards for Professional Excellence, Lifesaving, Meritorious, as well as the Citizens Recognition to civilians who in one way or another aided deputies in the line of duty.

One such incident took place in April.

Baker explained how two civilians, customers at the Comerica Bank on Jefferson Avenue in Harrison Township, observed the bank being robbed by two armed men.

The civilians, Nancy Hunt and Dale Capizzo, who were in separate vehicles in the bank drive-thru, each contacted 911 and were able to give full descriptions of the robbers, even following them to give responding deputies full and detailed descriptions of the getaway vehicle and the direction they were headed.

Baker said this assistance allowed law enforcement to track down the suspects within seven minutes of the bank being robbed. The suspects were arrested and have since been charged.

“They didn’t have to get involved; they could have just gone about their business,” said Baker. “But they chose to pay attention and they got involved. Because of that, we were able to return thousands of dollars and take two loaded guns off the streets.”

Also recognized for working in apprehending those suspects were deputies Scott Gallus, Christopher Land, Adam Shirilla, Robert Gorniak, Joseph Cracchiolo, Derek Elsey and Scott Anderman, and dispatchers Kristan Kohler and Jonathan Piornack. Each received a Professional Excellence award.

Baker and Capt. John Roberts each read over a list of close to 100 awards in front of recipients’ family members, and provided details of various incidents in which their training and bravery resulted in either an arrest or recovery of stolen propert, or both.

Thanks to efforts made by the fugitive apprehension team made up of Sgt. Gary Wiegand and deputies James Onyski, Stephen Sieradzki and Patrick Clancy, 152 fugitives were apprehended in 2014, many sent back to the states where they were being sought. The officers were given the Professional Excellence award for their work.

In addition, through the efforts of Sgt. Pamela McLean, a member of the sheriff’s MACE  (Macomb Area Computer Enforcement) team, 84 suspects who had used a computer to commit a crime were arrested in 2014, with another 46 arrest warrants secured and 200 search warrants obtained thanks to her undercover investigations. Of those 84 arrests, 72 were charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Lifesaving awards were given to deputies responding to structure fires who helped firefighters save trapped residents, emergency situations involving choking, intoxication, and even suicide attempts.

“Remember, we’re here to serve and protect,” Wickersham said.

The Sheriff’s Office is made up of 500 employees from the officers, dispatchers and clerical staff to medical staff and communications. The Employee of the Year award was given to accountant Christina Miller, Brendan Fraser was named Dispatcher of the Year, corrections deputy Amy Mayer was presented with the Corrections Deputy of the Year award, deputy Joseph Bosek was named Deputy of the Year, and Communications Administrator Laura Peeples was awarded Command Officer of the Year.

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