The University Record, August 13, 1996

DPS recognizes officers, U-M community for safety and prevention efforts

Jack Broadwell, biomedical engineering technician, helped to prevent the suicide of a U-M hospital patient. Broadwell received a Citizen's Life Saving Award from the Department of Public Safety.

Photo by Peter Yates


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently recognized its members and members of the University community for aiding the U-M in crime prevention and safety efforts.

Officer Curtis Fonger received the Director's Citation for his investigation into a discharged handgun in Mary Markley Hall. His investigation and case supervision led to an arrest warrant being issued the morning after the incident.

Professional Excellence awards were given to Investigator Robert Soichet and Officer Joseph Anderson. Soichet investigated and catalogued the recovery of 562 library books missing from the University's Asian collections. He was cited for preparing "the criminal case in an extremely professional and thorough manner." Anderson was cited for disarming a student who was threatening to commit suicide with an E-xacto knife.

John W. Broadwell, biomedical engineering technician, received the Citizen's Life Saving Award for preventing a hospital patient's suicide. While passing a video monitor in the Medical Center, Broadwell observed a patient attempting to commit suicide by stabbing himself in the neck. Broadwell summoned help, proceeded to the patient's room and commenced first aid until assistance arrived.

The following members of the University community received letters of commendation:

William Hu assisted DPS in identifying and establishing the value of the books stolen from the University's Asian collections.

Robert Bowers, coordinator of housing maintenance, came to the aid of a fellow worker who fell from the loading dock at Markley Hall and sustained a serious head wound. Bowers applied pressure to the wound, stopping the bleeding before medical personnel arrived.

William C. Hausman Jr., a freshman in the College of Engineering, provided the description of an individual suspected of activating a false fire alarm in South Quad. The information led to the identification of the suspect and a confession to activating the false alarm.

Donald C. Liu, house officer in the Department of Surgery, answered a page from an individual indicating she was considering suicide. Liu kept the individual on the telephone and arranged for a meeting. He provided the location of the meeting to Hospitals Security, who prevented the woman from harming herself.

James D. Becker, custodial supervisor, and Officer Gail Shelton, were commended for preventing the suicide of a staff member. Becker came to the aid of Shelton, who was restraining a woman who had threatened to commit suicide. Becker removed syringes from the hands of the individual and assisted Shelton in restraining the person until emergency medical assistance arrived.

Officer Brent Carriveau discovered four fraud cases involving the use of handicapped parking permits. His efforts resulted in these permits being removed and prosecution sought.