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August 7, 2013                                                                           (248) 528-1745 x 2651                                                                                                      (248) 408-0999 cell                                                   

Over 100 Law Enforcement Officers from across Michigan receive

recognition from MADD at annual Lifesavers Awards  Luncheon

 Troy, Mich. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Michigan presented Lifesavers Awards to 20 officers on August 1, 2013, at a luncheon hosted by the San Marino Club of Troy. The awards recognize law enforcement officers who excel at removing drunk drivers from Michigan roadways.

The Lifesavers Awards are presented annually by MADD as a way to show support for the heroes in law enforcement who help keep drunk drivers off the roadways. This year’s event Statewide Sponsor was Buckfire and Buckfire, P.C., Lifesavers Benefactor sponsors were the San Marino Club and the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

“More than an awards ceremony, the Annual Lifesavers Award event is an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the courage and strength of our law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies who work every day to keep our roads safe,” said keynote speaker, Carl McDonald, National Law Enforcement Initiative Manager for MADD.   

 This year, the first annual Olivia Cleveland Gratitude Award, was presented. Created by the Cleveland family to honor their three-year-old daughter Olivia who was killed by an impaired driver, this award salutes those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to eliminating impaired driving.  

 The 20 Lifesavers Award recipients were selected based on over 100 nominations received from across the state. Each of the 20 officers and agencies listed below were presented with a Lifesavers Award and will receive a scholarship to the 2013 Traffic Safety Summit, provided by the Office of Highway Safety Planning of Michigan.

 2013 MADD Michigan Lifesavers Award Recipients

Outstanding Trooper

Trooper Rick Kane                           Michigan State Police – Flint Post

Trooper Michael McDonald             Michigan State Police – Paw Paw Post       

Trooper Greg Primeau                     Michigan State Police – Iron Mountain Post         

Trooper Jeffrey Short                      Michigan State Police – Houghton Lake Post


Outstanding Deputy

Deputy Matthew Armstrong            Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Stephen Beard                     Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Brian Webb                          Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office


Outstanding Officer

Officer Matthew Bowyer                  Zeeland Police Department

Officer Jon Jacob                               Milford Police Department

Officer Kevin Kolk                             Fremont Police Department

Officer Labree McClendon               Detroit Police Department                          

Officer Jessica McDonald                  Detroit Police Department                          

Officer Melinda Weingart                 Troy Police Department


Outstanding Rookie of the Year

Deputy Mark McCool                                    Antrim County Sheriff’s Office


Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency

Michigan State University Police Department

Novi Police Department

Richland Police Department

Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office


Recognition of Excellence

Officer Jared Passchier                     Norton Shores Police Department 

Officer Timothy Trush                      Gibraltar Police Department


David M. Schieber MADD Life Saver Award

Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan                     

Michael J. Bedford, Van Buren County Prosecuting Attorney


The 2013 Olivia Cleveland Gratitude Award

Deputy Patrick “Jamie” Bagos, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy John Palazzolo, Macomb County Sheriff’s Officer

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. As one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes.  Learn more about MADD Michigan at www.madd.org/mi or call 248-528-1745.  For victims and survivors in Michigan, call 1-800-323-6233.


Michigan Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Terrence L. Jungel presents 2013 MADD Michigan Lifesavers Award


Michigan Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Terrence L. Jungel along with 2013 MADD Michigan Lifesaver Award Reipients

Deputy Matthew Armstrong - Sanilac County

Deputy Stephen Beard -Jackson County

Deputy Brian Webb - Washtenaw County