Rotary to honor law enforcement

September 25, 2015

By Pat Maurer

Clare Rotary members have organized a “Law Enforcement Appreciation” event for agencies in Clare County. The Michigan State Police, Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Clare Police and DNR Law Enforcement Division  will each receive a plaque in recognition for all they do for the communities.
Law Enforcement personnel and family members will be special guests at the event which will be held at the Doherty Hotel October 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. Awards will be presented to the agencies around 4 p.m.

Pat LaValley, Chairperson of the Rotary Committee for the event said, “For too long, we have watched stories of our dedicated police officers around the United States and the tremendous losses or serious injuries they have suffered. Stalking, taunting, brick-throwing, disrespect, physical and bodily-fluid assaults.  Now, even brazen daylight armed assassinations are becoming almost a daily fodder.”

She continued, “My firm belief is here in Clare County, Michigan, we openly love our officers and The Clare Rotary Club has thrown their support behind the idea to celebrate that belief.  With the help of a strong committee of three (Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis, Karen Jones and Kurt Keppner), we have made plans to invite all officers from Clare City Police, Clare County Sheriff Department, Department of Natural Resources and also a representative from the Michigan State Police as well, to openly show them our great affection and appreciation.   Also invited to attend will be the officers spouses, several elected officials from Farwell, Clare and Harrison as well as County judges.”

LaValley added that there will be a light, mid-day brunch to begin at 3:00, which is supported financially with the very generous donations already received from several business’ (Benchley Brothers Inc., Farm Bureau Kleinhardt Insurance Agency, Isabella Bank, Jim Colville Crop Insurance and Members First Credit Union) as well as private citizen financial donations.  There are also other committed business’ who have pledged to help finance this meal for what hopes to be a large turnout of the above officers, family members and esteemed individuals.

Around 4 p.m., guest speakers to address the officers will be Senator Judy Emmons and Representative Joel Johnson.  Sheriff John Wilson and Chief Brian Gregory have also been invited to speak to attendees on behalf of their combined total of 130 officers.  Immediately following the speakers, specially-designed plaques from a grateful county will be presented to each department by Clare Rotary Club President, Steve Carland.

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