Farmington Public Safety Department shares 2020 Officer of the Year Award; Sergeant Madeline receives 2019 Award
Earlier this month, the Groves-Walker American Legion Post 346, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, honored the memory of the nearly three thousand citizens and first responders who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This annual ceremony was held in downtown Farmington’s Riley Park on Sept. 11, 2021.
Traditionally at this ceremony, the American Legion Officer of the Year is named. This year, both the 2019 and 2020 Officer of the Year were recognized because the 2020 ceremony was postponed due to the pandemic.
The entire Farmington Public Safety Department was named the 2020 American Legion Officer of the Year. Farmington Public Safety Director Ted Warthman explained that a Public Safety Department Awards and Citations Board meets to determine who will receive awards, including Officer of the Year. At a board meeting, it was decided that all 46 members of the Farmington Public Safety Department would be 2020 Officer of the Year. That includes the Director, the Deputy Director, 4 Commanders, 5 Sergeants, 12 Public Safety Officers, 2 Records Staff, 6 Cadets, and 15 Paid on Call Firefighters.
“The courage and resolve in the face of Covid-19 that these 46 public servants displayed was admirable,” said Director Warthman. “They never wavered, they never complained, they just kept showing up and doing their jobs. It was certainly a time with great uncertainty, as much of the challenges of Covid-19 were unknown. These front-line workers continued to report to duty and continued to provide superior public safety services to our community.”
I am incredibly proud of the men and women of the Farmington Public Safety Department. It is an honor to be their chief and I am honored to present the entire Farmington Public Safety Department as the 2020 Officers of the Year.”
At the Ceremony, Farmington Public Safety Director Ted Warthman recognized Sergeant Reggie Madeline as the 2019 American Legion Officer of the Year.
Director Warthman said Sergeant Madeline wore many hats and was a tremendous asset to the department and community. He describes Madeline has having an impeccable work ethic, being dependable and kind.
“The beauty is,” explained Director Warthman, “that Sergeant Madeline brought all three of these traits to work with him every day for 20 years. Simply Remarkable.”
On February 15, 2019 Sergeant Madeline responded to an alarm at a two-story duplex. When he opened the door leading to the stairway to the upper unit, he found heavy smoke. He called out for potential victims, and a woman called back asking for help. Sergeant Madeline grabbed an extinguisher from his vehicle, traversed the stairs and partially extinguished a kitchen fire, he then braved the thick smoke again, crawling 15 feet into the unit before he was able to pull the woman to safety. As a result of his actions, Sergeant Madeline saved the life of the woman who was unable to free herself from the fire.
“Sergeant Madeline, I am grateful for your service to our department and to this wonderful community and I am honored to recognize you as the 2019 American Legion – Officer of the Year,” said Director Warthman to Madeline at the ceremony.
Sergeant Madeline recently retired from the department after nearly 20 years of service.
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