Category Archives: Police & Fire

Huron firefighter commended for responding to house fire in Ash Township while off-duty

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Aug. 3, 2020

A Huron Township firefighter was commended recently for responding to a house fire while driving off-duty through Ash Township.

Firefighter Chris Ciersezwski was driving on Sigler Road in Ash Township on May 5 when he noticed a chair was on fire on the front porch of a house with people inside.

Even though Ciersezwski was off-duty and outside his jurisdiction, he still took action and responded to the fire, which had been burning unnoticed by the residents.

Ciersezwski evacuated the residents and began to fight the fire, which had spread throughout the house, according to a letter of commendation from Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety.

Ciersezwski was fighting the fire without his regular department equipment.

He then contacted Monroe County Emergency Dispatch and relayed information to them regarding the fire.

Ciersezwski was also commended by Fire Chief James Hinojosa and Deputy Fire Chief Bill Metzger for his brave actions.

You can read the full letter of commendation for Chris Ciersezwski at this link.


 

Police identify man they say is wanted in connection with July 27 break-ins

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Huron Township Police say the man seen in this photo has been identified following an alleged break-in and other suspicious activity that occurred in Huron Township on July 27. Detectives are currently working on locating the suspect. Photo courtesy of Huron Township Public Safety.


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

July 31, 2020

Police have identified a man they allege is connected to break-ins that occurred in Huron Township on July 27.

According to police, it is not the first time the suspect has victimized the Huron Township community, and they are currently working on locating him.

On July 27 at 2:45 p.m., police responded to the 22600 block of Rust Road for a break-in.

A resident in the area called 911 to report that the front door of a neighbor’s house looked forced open.

He told dispatch that the door remained open and he was unsure if anyone was inside the house.

When police arrived, they searched the house but did not locate anyone inside.

The police department K9 unit responded and assisted with a search for suspects still in the area, along with the Huron Township Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit.

The homeowners reported a handgun was missing from the house but no other property was reported missing. No vehicles or suspects were observed during the incident.

At the same time police were investigating the Rust Road break-in, 911 received a call from the 20200 block of Middle Belt Road for a report of a home invasion of an occupied house.

The homeowner reported that he arrived home and observed a red older Dodge Ram truck parked behind his house

The homeowner told police he then saw a man inside his house.

A verbal confrontation occurred, and the suspect fled the house northbound on Middle Belt Road.

The homeowners reported jewelry missing from inside.

Later the same day at 7:25 p.m., a resident reported suspicious activity at his house located in the 27100 block of Rust Road.

The resident reported that at 11:35 a.m., a suspicious man and his vehicle were captured on the surveillance camera at his house. (photos below)

The suspect seen on footage knocked on the door of the house but did not make entry inside.

“We believe all of these incidents are related. Fortunately, we have been able to identify this individual and are attempting to locate him. The unfortunate part is that this is not the first time he has victimized our community. In the summer of 2014, we located, arrested, and charged this individual after he did multiple home invasions here in Huron Township. He was released on parole after doing only a fourth of the time he was sentenced to and is out and back at it again,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

“The community has our word that we are working hard and using multiple resources to locate this individual. Truth be told, we are angry that he has been given the ability to victimize our residents again unnecessarily. Our Detective Bureau has worked tirelessly to put this investigation together and did a terrific job identifying him once again. We are asking our residents to come together, watch out for each other, and report anything suspicious to us immediately. If you wonder if you should call, please do. Again, please keep a look out for the vehicles we described, but also be aware he could have access to other vehicles. A common method is for thieves to knock on a door to see if someone is home. If this happens to you, even if they do not attempt entry, call us via 911 immediately.”


 

Public Safety Department collecting new school supplies during “Stuff the Bus” event

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Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 31, 2020

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety is partnering with local schools and community groups to collect new school supplies for the upcoming school year during their annual “Stuff the Bus” initiative.

The Huron School District, Summit Academy Schools, Huron Township Rotary, Willow United Methodist Church and Huron Township Goodfellows are joining forces with the department for the school supply drive.

New school supplies, backpacks, child-size face masks, hand sanitizer, washable markers, and small denomination gift cards to Target, Meijer, or Walmart are needed to assist local families in need.

Anyone interested in dropping off donations can do so at the Huron Township Police
Department, 36500 S. Huron Rd. New Boston, beginning Aug. 3. Drop-offs will be accepted from 8 a.m to 10 p.m.

“Even as an adult, I still remember the feeling of going to the first day of school with my new clothes, backpack, and school supplies. Unfortunately, some kids who go to school in our community never get to experience that feeling. My favorite part of this job is having a platform to help kids in my community that can use it,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

“I have seen first-hand the generosity of this community, especially when it comes to our children through the shop with a hero Christmas Program. I am hoping that we can all come together to stuff the busses. All the collected items will be given to kids who show up the first week of school without the things they need. I am excited to see what this community can do. I want to thank all of our community partners for the support. We always get immediate support from Superintendent Rowe and Superintendent Hedke and they are as excited about this initiative as we are. The busses are here, and we are ready to go.”


 

Police seek information on vandalism at Waltz Park


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 14, 2020

Huron Township police are seeking information regarding vandalism that occurred recently at Waltz Park.

“Very recently, this park was vandalized. I apologize for the language in the photographs, but we hope it will anger the community as much as it does us,” a Facebook post from the public safety department said. “We are asking anyone with information as to who may have done this to contact the Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau or Director Robbins immediately at 734-753-4400. Your tip can stay anonymous. We truly hope that we can use our community partnerships to come together and hold those that did this accountable.”

Here are photos of the vandalism.

Warning: these images contain profanity. Viewer discretion advised. 


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Image may contain: tree, house, grass, plant, sky and outdoor

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“We will be taking several steps to deter this behavior in the future. A thank you to the Huron Township Department of Public Works for cleaning up this mess and making it presentable for our children and their families,” the post said.


 

Public safety department to host community meetings ahead of Aug. 4 millage request


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 10, 2020

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will have a 1-mill property tax request on the Aug. 4 Primary Election ballot.

The millage is specific to the Huron Township Fire Department and Emergency Dispatch Center for use to upgrade equipment, make building improvements, and purchase fire response vehicles such as fire trucks, said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Robbins and Fire Chief Jamie Hinojosa will be conducting a series of town hall meetings over the next several weeks to speak to residents regarding the millage.

Here is a list of the meetings

To read more about the upcoming millage vote, visit this article.


Public Safety Department keeps community spirit alive by participating in over 150 parades during pandemic

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety helped celebrate hundreds of birthdays, milestones, 2020 graduation, and escorted funerals, all during the pandemic. 


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 1, 2020

The parades began on Easter, when the pandemic lockdown was fresh in everyone’s minds, and due to required social distancing, children were unable to see the Easter Bunny.

“We recognized that due to the COVID Pandemic, many little ones may not have had an opportunity to see the Easter Bunny. It was important to us to find a way to bring our community together during a difficult time while respecting safety concerns,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Since Easter, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety has been involved in hundreds of parades around the township to help celebrate various birthdays and milestones, as well as honoring the lives of community members who have died recently.

The parades, staffed by volunteers, celebrated children’s birthdays, senior citizen birthdays, military hero homecomings, front-line worker appreciation, and ended with a special drive-by for honorary Firefighter Bobby Kamin.

The department participated in funeral escorts for Huron Township families that were unable to have proper services for their loved ones due to the ongoing pandemic; an initiative organized by the department’s Police Officer Reserve Program.

Robbins thanked Reserve Officer Anthony Joquico and Reserve Commander James Dufour for their roles in the escorts.

Reserve Commander James Dufour and Reserve Officer Anthony Joquico

“These celebratory parades began as just a couple vehicles, usually one police car and maybe
one fire truck,” Robbins said. “After a few times out, Chief Hinojosa came to me and said his staff approached him and wondered why they were not able to be more involved in the celebratory parades. The answer was simply that we could only use volunteers. The response from the fire staff was that they wanted to volunteer and volunteer they did. For most parades, we would have so many of our fire staff volunteering that we would have to turn some of them away. We had 3 or 4 firefighters, using all pertinent safety precautions, in multiple vehicles because they wanted to be part of the community experience. Some of these parades ended up having upwards of 10 vehicles in the procession. I am immensely proud of the way all of our public safety staff stepped up to represent our community.”

On June 26, the department escorted Huron High School’s class of 2020 during a special parade for the graduates.

“I want the Class of 2020 to know how proud we are of them. They have lost so many things due to the pandemic. We expect them to do great things. Congratulations to the graduates and their families,” Robbins said. “It never gets old seeing this community come together. Hands down, this is my favorite thing I get to be involved with while serving. You can’t put a price on seeing the downtown or one of the villages filled to celebrate something special or seeing the smile of a child’s face as they see the lights and hear the sirens in front of their house as they celebrate their special day.”

Robbins said that having a partnership between public safety and the community is the most important part of the job.

“There is nothing more important to us than community partnerships,” he said. “While we realize the importance of providing quality service to our residents, we feel it is equally important to be a part of the community as well. I am thankful for the support we continue to be given.”

If you have photos or video of any parades from the past few months that have happened in Huron Township, you can share your them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


 

Whitmer signs bill into law allowing roadside drug testing for controlled substances

(MSP file photo)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 12, 2020

Governor Whitmer on Thursday signed Senate Bill 718 into law, amending the Michigan Vehicle Code to allow for roadside drug testing for controlled substances.

The bill establishes a one-year pilot program of roadside drug testing in five counties to be selected by the Michigan State Police.

The Michigan State Police also received authorization to conduct a second one-year pilot program involving more counties at the conclusion of the original one-year pilot program.

MSP subsequently expanded the pilot program to all 83 counties in the State. SB 718 was sponsored by Senator Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford.

Related: Michigan State Police launch second phase of oral roadside drug testing pilot program


 

Huron Township fire department millage proposal will be on August primary ballot


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 11, 2020 

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will have a millage request on the Aug. 4 Primary Election ballot.

The wording was approved by the Huron Township Board of Trustees during a recent meeting.

The millage is specific to the Huron Township Fire Department and Emergency Dispatch Center for use to upgrade equipment, make building improvements, and purchase fire response vehicles such as fire trucks, said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Robbins and Fire Chief Jamie Hinojosa will be conducting a series of town hall meetings over the next several weeks to speak to residents regarding the millage.

Announcements for these meetings will be made on The Huron Hub, as well as the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

“This is an important millage for the future of the fire service here in Huron Township. It is important that we try and secure funds to improve our fire department’s facilities and emergency response equipment. Make no mistake, we have an incredible group of men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our community. The clear goal here is to make sure we can provide them with the necessary tools to keep themselves safe as they serve our residents, especially when time is critical,” Robbins said.

“It is not in any way lost on us as to how the Pandemic has affected our residents economically. While we realize that there is never a perfect time to ask the community for a millage, I was able to see first-hand how important our staff was to our community over the past few months as we battled COVID-19. As not only the Director, but also as a resident, I could not be prouder of how our Fire Staff represented our community during the pandemic. My hope is that as a community, we can thank them for their service by at least considering and hopefully supporting a millage that will give them the equipment they need to provide Huron Township with the quality service we have come to expect and deserve.”

The fire department is looking for volunteers to be a part of a citizen millage committee. The committee will assist the public safety department with getting information out to residents.

Residents interested in volunteering are asked to email Robbins at erobbins@hurontwppd.us

“All of our fire department facilities are in desperate need of repair and we have several expensive future needs such as our ladder truck that will need replacement in the near future. This is an opportunity to define and shape the way we deliver fire services to our residents into the future,” Robbins said. “We have a lot of work to do in the next couple months to connect with the community and answer any questions they may have. I want our residents to feel free to email or call me anytime.”

Here is the official wording on the ballot for the millage:

Seen here is the department’s 1992 Pierce fire truck (28-years-old). Robbins said, as an example of future needs, the replacement cost of a platform aerial bucket ladder truck comparable to our current equipment is approximately $930,000.00. This does not include funds that may be needed for equipment to outfit the truck. (Photos courtesy Huron Department of Public Safety)


 

Public Safety Department rescues multiple people from local waterways over Memorial Day weekend


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted May 26, 2020

The Huron Township Department of Public safety was busy keeping the waterways in the community safe over Memorial Day weekend.

The department responded to multiple calls on May 24 and 25.

Every call involved people on or near waterways without life jackets on who had fallen in.

On May 24th at 9:06 a.m. Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center received a call of a disoriented man on a local dock.

Reports state the male had fallen from his boat into the water and had been in the cold water for an extended period of time.

The man was transported by Huron Valley Ambulance to a local hospital. He was not wearing a personal flotation device.

A few hours later at 4:30 p.m. emergency dispatch received a call of two adults and one child in the river hanging onto logs.

Fire and police personnel responded and initiated a water rescue. Only the child was wearing a personal floatation device.

For the third time on the same day at 6:14 p.m., public safety responded to the Lower Huron Metropark’s south fishing area for three people in the river who lost their canoe.

The occupants were rescued from the river safely. Only one of the three people rescued were wearing personal flotation devices.

On May 25 at 12:23 p.m., dispatch received a call regarding four people who had fallen from their kayaks and were trapped in the Huron river near Huron River Drive and Kass Streets.

Huron Township Fire Personnel entered the river at the original location and rescued two people from the water.

One person was pinned beneath a log and was freed by fire personnel.

The two other people were rescued further down the river by police officers who entered the river to save them.

None of the four people rescued were wearing personal flotation devices.

“Our fire personnel climbed down the steep riverbank, got into the water quickly and without hesitation were able to free to young lady who had become trapped. Luckily experience and instinct took over and everyone was able to escape harm with only minor injuries,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Any one of these incidents could have had a much different outcome. It is interesting to note that out of the eleven people that were rescued this weekend, only two were wearing some type of personal flotation device. While the river may not look intimidating, water levels are up, and the current is flowing quickly. It is easy to lose control no matter how experienced you may be. It is important that if people choose to go out on the water, they must protect themselves. The need to be rescued could put a lot of people, including first responders, unnecessarily in harm’s way.”

Robbins said the dispatch center played a crucial role in helping locate the people who needed the help from emergency response.

“Dispatch received conflicting reports about the location of victims that had gone into the river. To make the situation even more complex, even after locating the first two victims, we had two more unaccounted for,” he said. “Dispatcher Amanda Iott did an incredible job working with on scene personnel, as well as multiple callers, to give first responders the location of the victims. Dispatch never gets the credit they truly deserve and when time was most critical, she really came through for everyone involved.”

 


 

HVA paramedic receives Star of Life Award for going beyond call of duty

HVA paramdeic Shane Flynn was honored with The Star of Life Award. (Photo courtesy HVA)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted May 19, 2020

Shane Flynn, a paramedic employed by Huron Vally Ambulance, was recently announced as the 2020 EMS Star of Life Award recipient.

Flynn, a resident of Van Buren Township, joined Huron Valley Ambulance in 2014 and has since been promoted to senior paramedic.

Flynn serves as a field training officer responsible for mentoring and training new employees.

According to HVA, the award is a national honor given to EMS providers across the country, and is presented to EMTs and paramedics who go above and beyond the call of duty and who provide exemplary frontline care.

“Shane is a strong leader, one who teaches by example. His mentality is ‘service above self,’ he is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to help anyone in need. Shane is a knowledgeable paramedic with excellent patient care skills. He is able to balance expertise with a compassionate bedside manner, allowing him to put patient needs at the forefront of all he does. When caring for a patient Shane also considers the needs of their family, making an extra effort to explain the procedures he’s performing and why they’re needed,” said Paul Hood, vice president of Huron Valley Ambulance.

In addition to his years working at HVA, he served for six years at Berlin Township Fire Department and four years at Concord EMS.

Outside of work, Flynn likes to spend time with his son, Liam, and his wife Whitney, and enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and fishing.

Huron Valley Ambulance is the EMS provider for Huron Township, Washtenaw County, southwestern Oakland County, and parts of western Wayne County.