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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.


 

Procession through Huron Township will honor local father, son who drowned during fishing trip

Authorities say Justin and Jaxon Oaks were last seen near the area of the Downriver Marina boat launch on March 29. After launching their boat and going fishing on the Huron River, they did not return to their vehicle, which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it. Both of their remains were found in April.

Posted by The Huron Hub
Saturday, May 2, 2020

A celebration of life procession will take place Saturday evening through Huron Township to honor the lives of Justin and Jaxon Oaks.

The father and son went missing during a fishing trip on the Huron River in late March.

Huron Township Public Safety will be escorting the procession.

The procession will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday and will head this route:

Waltz southbound to Willow Road from Lower Huron Metropark Entrance

Willow Road to Huron River Drive

Huron River Drive to Vining Road

Vining to Sibley Road

Sibley to Huron River Drive

Huron River Drive through town past Tiffany’s and the Oaks farm

King Road to Middle Belt Road

Middle Belt to Van Horn Road

Van horn to Huron High School (driving behind the building and ending near the baseball diamonds).

Justin Oaks grew up in Huron Township and graduated from Huron High School.

Here is an archive of news stories about Justin and Jaxon Oaks 


 

Police recover body of boy who went missing on Huron River in late March

Justin and Jaxon Oaks

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

Published April 25, 2020

Police on Friday recovered the body of Jaxon Oaks, 6, who went missing with his father Justin Oaks late last month during a fishing trip on the Huron River.

Justin Oaks’ body was was recovered on April 13.

“On April 24, 2020 a relative of the two boaters was continuing a search for the still missing 6-year-old, Jaxon Oaks. The relative subsequently discovered a body in the Huron River and reported it to the Michigan State Police. Members of the Michigan DNR assembled and assisted with the recovery of the body from the river. The body was positively identified as Jaxon Oaks, the 6-year-old son that went missing with his father on March 29, 2020,” Michigan State Police said.

Background

At 9:50 a.m. on March 29, Justin Oaks, 29, took his son Jaxon fishing on the Huron River between Lake Erie and the I-75 overpass.

Justin and Jaxon did not return to their vehicle, which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it.

A Michigan State Police investigation determined that the last contact with Justin was via text message with a family member at approximately 11:58 a.m. on March 29.

An extensive search was conducted by the Michigan State Police Marine Services Team with assistance from the United States Coast Guard, the Michigan DNR, the Brownstown Police and Fire Departments, the Rockwood Police and Fire Departments and the Flat Rock Police and Fire Departments.

The boat they had been in was later recovered overturned in the Huron River.

Justin Oaks grew up in Huron Township and was a graduate of Huron High School.

Article updated


 

ServiceMaster by DSM donates cleaning services to Huron Township Police Department

ServiceMaster by DSM, owned by Rob Spradlin of Huron Township and Mike Horback of Livonia, disinfected patrol vehicles after Huron police officers came in contact with a potential COVID-19 patient. (Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)


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

Published April 16, 2020

A company co-owned by a Huron Township resident donated their specialized cleaning services to the Huron Township Police Department recently.

ServiceMaster by DSM, owned by Rob Spradlin of Huron Township and Mike Horback of Livonia, disinfected patrol vehicles after Huron police officers came into contact with a potential COVID-19 patient.

The company offered their services free of charge.

“It’s important that we all contribute where we can during this difficult time. The saying, ‘we are in this together’ means we each have to do our part within our field of expertise to help. We understand the importance of keeping our first responders safe and healthy,” Spradlin said.

ServiceMaster by DSM has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic since it began in March.

Their services have included cleaning detention rooms and patrol cars at other Downriver police departments, making containment rooms at Garden City hospital for coronavirus patients, and cleaning residential homes that have been contaminated by the virus.

ServiceMaster by DSM has been involved in emergency services in the southeast Michigan area, including bio-hazard cleanings and water and fire restoration, for over six years.

The company says they are trained and staffed in order to complete the work effectively and safely.

They can be reached for services at 248-987-6430.

“We cannot thank Rob and Mike enough for their contribution to our first responders. There is nothing more important right now than the continuous effort to keep them all safe and healthy as they serve our community,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Rob is very invested in our community, not only during this crisis, but also as a Reserve Police Officer with our agency. We thank him and ServiceMaster for their support.”


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Former Huron Township fire lieutenant, paramedic passes away due to COVID-19

Paul Novicki, 51, served the Huron Township community for 26 years as a firefighter/EMT before retiring in 2018 to spend more time with his family. He passed away last Thursday from COVID-19 complications.


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

Published April 14, 2020 

Paul Novicki, a paramedic and former Huron Township fire lieutenant, died last Thursday from complications due to COVID-19.

Novicki, 51, served the Huron Township community for 26 years as a firefighter/EMT before retiring in 2018 to spend more time with his family.

He currently worked with Rapid Response EMS as a paramedic, and lived with his wife, Kristi, in Huron Township.

A small memorial service was held for family members following his death, but family says a larger celebration of Paul’s life will be planned for the future.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety honored Novicki in a Facebook post, and said it plans to host a public parade in the future to further honor him.

A final radio call for Novicki was made Saturday night and shared on Facebook Live.

EMS services and other first responders held a parade outside of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital last week in honor of Novicki.


 

Huroc Park in Flat Rock closed due to COVID-19 pandemic; violators subject to fines, jail time

Huroc Park in Flat Rock is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Flat Rock police said those who enter Huroc Park area or parking lot will be subject to a misdemeanor citation and fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. (Photo/Google)


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

Published April 9, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST

Huroc Park in Flat Rock is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flat Rock police and the City of Flat Rock  announced the closure on their Facebook pages Thursday.

Authorities said the park currently is not an ideal location for the public to be visiting as communities try to battle COVID-19 through social distancing and staying home.

“The decision comes after many warranted complaints and concerns from citizens for the spread of the virus. With the main entrance to the island and park being a narrow bridge, citizens would find themselves unknowing placing themselves within the governor’s recommended 6 ft social distancing range; thus, placing themselves and others, in possible danger of spreading the COVID-19 virus. It has also been noted, groups of people have been gathering inside the park and the general area,” the post said.

Flat Rock police said those who enter the Huroc Park area or parking lot will be subject to a misdemeanor citation and fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.


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