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Flint Area Optimist Clubs announce ‘Officer of the Year’ awardees

May 5, 2014 - PRLog -- Eleven area police officers will be recognized by the Flint Area Optimist Clubs at a luncheon celebrating National Law Day Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  Sonitrol Tri-County (http://www.sonitrolverified.com/) – one of Michigan’s largest locally owned and operated security firms – is proud to again sponsor the annual event, which will be held at the Genesee Area Skill Center, 5081 Torrey Road in Flint.

The awards honor deserving officers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement and genuine commitment to their profession and the citizens they serve.  Sonitrol Tri-County has been sponsoring the event for the past six years.

“We are excited to once again host this great event, honoring officers for their heroism, dedication, and outstanding service to the public,” said Mike Buckel, Optimist Club president and vice president of operations for Sonitrol Tri-County.

The Optimist Club of Downtown Flint congratulates each of this year’s honorees:

Sgt. Jeff Antcliff and Deputy Scott Minaudo of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office; Sgt. Devon Bernritter, Sgt. Joseph Hall, and Officer Bobby Fowlkes of the Flint Police Department; Officer Andrea Carlson and Officer Lindsay Witthuhn of the Grand Blanc Township Police Department, and Troopers Timothy Roberts, Jeffery Rodgers, Troy Szkkhent, and Sarah Whitman of the Michigan State Police – Flint Post.

In addition, the club is honoring Rachel Barden, a senior at the Genesee Area Skill Center, as its Investigative Sciences Student of the Year.

Grand Blanc Officers Carlson and Witthuhn are being recognized as Officers of the Year – Heroism for their professionalism and teamwork in June 2013 for thwarting an escalating domestic violence situation in which Officer Carlson was injured by gunfire from the assailant. Officer Witthuhn came to the aid of her partner to subdue and arrest the subject.

State Troopers Rodgers, Roberts, and Szukhent, together with Flint Police Sgts. Hall and Bernritter and Officer Fowlkes, along with Genesee County Sgt. Antcliff and Deputy Minaudo have all been named Officers of the Year - Valor for their bravery and teamwork exhibited in April, 2013 when an armed carjacking suspect led police on a high-speed chase through several jurisdictions. The chase culminated in a standoff and intense gunfire exchange with police, which ended when the suspect was fatally wounded.

State Police Trooper Whitman is this year’s Optimist Club Officer of the Year – Community Service, and is recognized for her leadership and vast involvement in a variety of youth-oriented educational and community institutions, including serving as an instructor for the area Teaching Educating and Mentoring (TEAM) program in the Flint Public Schools, and her active service with the Boys and Girls Club of Flint.

“Especially in these challenging times,” says Mike Wanstreet, Sonitrol Tri-County president, “it is important to pause and salute the men and women who fearlessly serve our communities and citizens. It continues to be Sonitrol’s privilege to honor those officers who demonstrate heroism, valor and a great respect for law.”

President Eisenhower first declared National Law Day in 1958. It is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and recognize its importance for society.

For more information on Optimist Clubs visit www.optimist.org .

About Sonitrol Tri-County

As one of the nation’s largest commercial security companies, Sonitrol offers integrated security solutions, featuring a unique verified audio detection technology. Sonitrol provides businesses with a single source of state-of-the-art alarms for verified audio and video intrusion, as well as video surveillance, access control and fire detection, all backed with professional monitoring by experienced, trained personnel. Sonitrol Tri-County’s regional headquarters and state-of-the-art monitoring center are located in Grand Blanc, Mich. For more information, go to www.sonitrolverified.com

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