News from Across eWashtenaw
These news stories come from all departments and sections of eWashtenaw.
In the less than five months since Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies began carrying Naloxone, they have saved 11 lives. This number does not reflect the lives saved where Sheriff’s Office deputies were on the scene but HVA or EMT-trained firefighter personnel administered the Naloxone. This equates to more than two lives saved per month because deputies who were first on the scene carried Naloxone, were trained to use it and immediately administered it when encountering a suspected heroin overdose.
The WCSO takes particular pride in this program as it is an entirely staff generated initiative designed to provide children in need with an opportunity to shop for gifts for themselves and those whom they love. Selected by school social workers on the basis of demonstrated need, these are children who might not otherwise have had much of a holiday.
Frank Romine, son of Keri Romine, Owner & Proprietor of the Dexter Mill, received a special visit in early December.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9s Fred and Argo have received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by an anonymous sponsor.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office began training staff in the identification of a heroin overdose and on how to administer Naloxone to counteract the effect of the overdose at the beginning of August, 2015. To date, 70 deputies and 26 individuals from human service organizations throughout Washtenaw County have been trained in how to administer Naloxone. During this time period Sheriff’s Deputies have saved five (5) lives as a result of their training and ability to administer Naloxone.
The Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission (WCPARC), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and The Conservation Fund, is pursuing a historic opportunity to establish a new state park and County nature preserve that will straddle the Washtenaw County/Jackson County border.
With more 12,000 miles of recreational trails, Michigan is quickly becoming known as “The Great Trails State”. These trails allow users to experience our rich natural, cultural, and historic resources. The diversity of available trails appeals to folks with various time commitments, fitness levels, and sense of adventure: whether one wants to backpack for multiple weeks or bicycle on Washtenaw County’s Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) for a day—there is something for everyone.
On December 3, 2015, Deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress of a house under construction in Ypsilanti Township. Witnesses saw three (3) to four (4) subjects loading materials into a van and dialed 911 to report the incident. Sgt. Dave Egeler was the first to arrive on scene where the van was still running. The suspects fled on foot upon his arrival. Deputy Houk and his police service dog (PSD) Argo initiated a track to a nearby vacant home where a door had been kicked in, but no one was located. Deputies Larkin and Traskos searched the area as well and found a subject lying in the weeds, whom they took into custody.
The Underwater Search & Recovery Team (USRT) recently completed a three (3) day training aimed both at certifying our two (2) new divers and re-certifying current team divers as Surface Supplied Air Divers. The training was challenging, requiring ten (10) to twelve (12) hours of physically demanding work and diving each day. Notably, our new divers accumulated in excess of six (6) hours of bottom time over the three (3) day period inclusive of classroom time.
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
The Washtenaw County Identification Card program hours of operation have been expanded! Applications for ID Cards are now accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For the past fourteen years during the holiday season the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has held the “Shop with a Cop” program in both western and eastern Washtenaw County. Its purpose is to provide children in need with an opportunity to shop for gifts for those whom they love.
A brief ceremony was held on Monday, October 19, 2015, to recognize the appointments of Corrections Commander Eric Kunath and Lieutenant Commander Randy Casey along with the promotion of Corrections Officer David Clifton to Sergeant.
The WCSO would like to commend Sgt. Mike Mahalick, Deputy Jim Roy and Deputy Thomas Couch for their exceptional police work in locating and saving the life of a missing 72 year old male with heart and seizure conditions.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9’s Fred and Argo have been awarded bullet and stab protective vests
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9’s Fred and Argo have been awarded ballistic vests thanks to a non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., the vests were sponsored by an anonymous donor. K9’s Fred and Argo vests will be embroidered with the sentiment “Good Luck from Ted”.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Monday, October 12th, 2015 in observance of Columbus Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015.
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners presented Deputy Shane Bynum and Deputy Sean Urban with a resolution honoring and expressing appreciation for excellent performance of their duties as Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Deputies and their quick and successful actions to save a human life by administering Naloxone.
Just seven days after being trained and equipped with Naloxone, Deputy Bynum of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify, administer, and ultimately save the life of someone in the midst of an overdose from heroin.