Ferndale Students Join in Police Week Flag Ceremony (video)

Ferndale Students Join in Police Week Flag Ceremony (video)

(Crystal A. Proxmire, May 13, 2014)

Students from Mrs. Darling and Mr. Peri’s third grade classes at Roosevelt Primary School led the Pledge of Allegiance HowesLocationand learned about the sacrifices made by police officers at the annual National Police Week Flag Ceremony in front of Ferndale City Hall.

The Ferndale Police Honor Guard lowered the flag to half-mast in compliance with an order from President Barrack Obama to honor fallen police officers. Taps was performed by Emily Cole and Thaddeus Closson of Ferndale High School. Chaplain Ross Hulbert gave the invocation, and Police Chief Timothy Collins spoke lori davis adabout officers injured and lost in the line of duty.

“Our officers patrol the streets at all hours of the day and night. Even if not answering a call, our officers act as a deterrent simply by driving down the streets of Ferndale. The dangers officers face are not just knives, guns and fist, but they are patrolling at all times and they have a higher possibility of being involved in an accident and other hazards,” Chief Collins said.

“As an example, this past December Officer Daniel Crane of the Ferndale Police Department was on routine patrol on 8 Mile Road. He was not responding to a call. He was not chasing a bad guy. He was simply patrolling, looking for things out of the ordinary, keeping us safe. As he crossed Woodward Ave, a man ran a red light and crashed into Officer Crane’s patrol car. Officer Crane suffered numerous serious injuries from the accident… the severity of his injuries still prevent him from returning to work.”Rudy Serra campaign ad

Chief Collins also recognized Auxiliary Officer Tyson Baker who passed away last week, and Bloomfield Police Officer Patrick O’Rourke who was killed assisting in a domestic violence incident last year.

So far this year there have not been any police officers killed in the line of duty in Michigan, a first since 1915 according to Chief Collins. “I pray that we continue this trend for the rest of the year and beyond,” he said.

Auxiliary Officer Earl Sparkman said the tradition is especially important for the youth who come out to seed021_helaine-zacktake part. “When they’re this age, they respond well to things that adults do that are serious and respectful,” he said. “You shake their hands, you give them a part in the ceremony, and it’s something that sticks with them.” As Chief Collins shook their hands, assigned students to be line captains, and coached them on how to behave during the Pledge of Allegiance it was clear that a respect was being formed between the youth and the police. “They need to feel like they can come to police and trust them,” Sparkman said.

For a look back at Police Week 2012, go to http://oaklandcounty115.com/2012/05/18/police-week-ceremony-honors-those-who-protect-the-community/.

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