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Above & Beyond
November 1, 2023
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 11th Annual Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony, honoring Detroit Police, Fire and EMS, will take place on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at the beautiful Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. The signature event hosted by the Detroit Public Safety Foundation recognizes Detroit Police Officers, Firefighters and EMS personnel for going "Above & Beyond" the call of duty. Recipients receive the Medal of Valor for their bravery and service in the face of great danger. The Purple Heart Award is given to those who were injured or killed in the line of duty, making at times the greatest sacrifice in service for others. The Emergency Medical Merit Award is for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division to honor members for exceptional service.

In 2022, a total of 37 first responders were recognized for their distinguished service. A posthumous Purple Heart award was presented to the family of Police Officer Loren Courts who was killed in the line of duty in 2022. 

“We are grateful Above & Beyond gives us the chance to recognize our officers for their bravery and give them the commendation they deserve,” said Chief James E. White. “We will never forget the heroism that our officers show every day, especially Officer Loren Courts, who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the city of Detroit.”

As we prepare for the 2023 event, we ask you to consider supporting the event with a sponsorship. Please see the sponsorship packet below. This event will inspire you and the support from the community is so important for the morale and success of our public safety servants. 

James B. Nicholson City Change Maker 

2022 Award Recipients


Cindy Pasky and Eric B. Larson, leaders with Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), received the James B. Nicholson City Change Maker Awards.


Pasky serves at the Chairman of the Board of Directors for DDP and is the Founder, President, and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. Larson is the CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Under their leadership, DDP develops and executes strategic programs and activities that promote, advocate, and energize Downtown Detroit and evolve with the community’s changing needs

Public Safety Partner

2022 Award Recipient


Diversified Members Credit Union (DMCU) received the Public Safety Partner Award.

DMCU donated $50,000 to the Detroit Fire Department in December 2021 and was the Title Sponsor for the Detroit Police Teen Wellness Summit in May 2022. DMCU is a constant partner in public safety, supporting the DPSF, DPD and DFD.

The award was accepted by DMCU Board Member Jerry Pokorski.

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