Honoring Detroit Police, Fire and EMS with the Medal of Valor, Purple Heart and Emergency Medical Merit Award
The 10th Annual Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony, honoring Detroit Police, Fire and EMS, was held on Thursday, November 10th at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. The awards ceremony recognizes Detroit Police Officers, Firefighters and EMS personnel for going "Above & Beyond" the call of duty. Rocket Companies and Comerica Bank were the Presenting Sponsors for 2022 Above & Beyond event.
A total of 37 first responders were recognized for their distinguished service. The Medal of Valor award recognizes the best of the best for extreme bravery in the face of danger. The Purple Heart award showcases the danger associated with the job, honoring those severely injured or killed in the line-of-duty. This year a posthumous Purple Heart award was presented to the family of Police Officer Loren Courts who was killed in the line of duty. The Emergency Medical Merit Award is for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division to honor members for exceptional service.
“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.”
James B. Nicholson City Change Maker
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
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.