Public Safety Officers of the Year for 2020

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Public Safety Officers of the Year

The Rotary Club of Plymouth held its 21st Annual Public Safety Officers of the Year Awards program via Zoom to recognize the Police Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year for both the City of Plymouth and Plymouth Township, and the Paramedic of the Year for Huron Valley Ambulance.

“Today, we recognize the best of the best in our community,” said Plymouth Rotary President John Buzuvis.   “We are so fortunate that our first responders work together without regard to what the patch on their arm says. Today, we recognize all the first responders, not just the award winners.”

Huron Valley Ambulance Operations Manager Andy Savage introduced Senior Paramedic and Field Training Officer Eric Farris as Paramedic of the Year.  Eric joined HVA as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in January of 2014.  He progressed to become a senior medic within a year, which Savage says is unusual and impressive.  Savage described an incident in which Farris and his partner were assisting a diabetic patient.  During the call, his partner suffered a severe asthma attack, leaving Farris to treat both on his own. 

Dave Allstaedt is the City of Plymouth Firefighter of the Year.  Chief Steve Ott said, “Dave is the kind of person who has good ideas and follows through on them.  He exemplifies the dedication that this position requires.”  Allstaedt is a field training officer (FTO) and has attended haz-mat and countless other types of training.  He was instrumental in providing a recent fire academy in the City.

Detective Jay Miller is the Plymouth Police Officer of the Year.  Miller has been a member of the department since 2013.  In 2019, he received the highest score among those testing for a detective position. “Jay represents the department very well,” said Director of Public Safety Al Cox.  “Recently, he worked on a case and found records dating back 50 years – records that weren’t readily available and were instrumental in helping the prosecutor win a conviction.”  Miller is a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) member who helps to secure mental health services for individuals in need of it.

The Public Safety Awards Program is one of several annual special programs of the Rotary Club of Plymouth. The Club and its members are involved in service to the local and global community. They meet weekly on Friday at noon.