The Department of Public Safety (DPS) presented its annual appreciation awards April 23 at a luncheon ceremony. Ten citizens were recognized for life-saving and crime-prevention efforts during the past 15 months. Department officers also were honored for exemplary service, including life saving and professional excellence.
The honorees included people associated with saving the lives of two men on campus. Recognized with life saving awards were Catherine Andrea of Ann Arbor and Steven Hutchings of Southgate who initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation Sept. 22 on a fellow football fan who had collapsed at his seat in Michigan Stadium; and Michael Long, Connie Haggard, and Jeffrey Mallari of Huron Valley Ambulance, who conveyed him through the crowded stands and successfully restored his pulse and breathing. The man was released from the hospital approximately one week later.
The second life-saving award was given to Sara Hocking, a recreation sports student supervisor, and Jeannette Stawski, a recreation sports assistant director, who initiated two-person cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a 59-year-old man who had collapsed March 20 at the North Campus Recreation Building. Police officers John-Mark Branch and David Dupuis were recognized as they implemented their automated external defibrillator that brought the man back to life. He was released from the hospital within a week.
Three University employees were honored for their efforts to prevent crime. Maurice Smith, a dining services employee in the Housing Division, assisted police in apprehending a suspect in a larceny from West Quad dining services Nov. 29. Jonathan White, a bus driver in Parking and Transportation Services, notified DPS that he had a passenger on his bus Dec. 9 matching the description of a home invasion suspect, who then was arrested. The suspect provided information valuable to other DPS criminal investigations. Roger Lidgard, an employee at the University Hospital Friends Gift Shop, notified hospital security that he had observed on a closed circuit surveillance camera a woman removing tags from merchandise and placing the items in her own bags. The suspect was apprehended. A recent significant increase in similar retail fraud incidents at the gift shop discontinued after her arrest.
Individual professional excellence awards presented to DPS employees included: Officer Joseph Miller for saving an unconscious 42-year-old woman; Officer Neil Gracer for tireless efforts in support of a DPS officer who died of leukemia in 2001; Lieutenant Robert Neumann for assistance provided to Ann Arbor Police officers while arresting a murder suspect; Officer Martha McGonegal for disarming and restraining a U-M Hospital patient; Officer Scott Cook for exceptional effort in facilitating the capture of a suspect wanted for criminal sexual conduct, domestic violence, auto theft and violation of a personal protection order; Sergeant Timothy Shannon for diligence, leadership and skill in leading the investigation into a series of burglaries targeting LCD projectors; and Deputy Director Deborah Cheesebro for exemplary leadership in coordinating the departments response in the hours, days and weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11.
DPS officers also were recognized for unit citations for professional excellence, safe driving awards and years of service, including Lieutenant Gerald Bradshaw who celebrated 25 years with DPS.