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Julie Hill

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May is National Bike Month


National Bike Month is a celebration of cycling held every May in the United States. It was established in 1956 and is still celebrated in communities from coast-to-coast. It is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more folks to give bicycling a try.

For more information on Bicycle Laws, Safety and Tips visit our web page at https://www.gerrishpolice.org/gerrish-township-police-department/laws/michigan-bicycle-laws/

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and we would like to share these top five tips to drivers from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:

  • Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles. Because of their smaller size, motorcycles can easily be hidden in a car’s blind spots. Check and re-check before changing lanes or making turns.
  • Predict that a motorcycle is closer than it looks. A motorcycle may look farther away than it is because of its small size and it may be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into or out of a driveway, always predict that the motorcycle is closer than it appears.
  • Keep a safe distance. Motorcycles often slow by rolling off the throttle or downshifting, thus not activating the brake light, so allow more following distance, about 3-4 seconds.
  • Understand lane shifting. Motorcycles often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize effects of road debris, passing vehicles and wind. Understand that motorcycles adjust lane position for a purpose, not to show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
  • Motorcycle turn signals are usually not self-cancelling. Anticipate a motorcycle’s turn signals and make sure it is their intent to turn as sometimes driver’s forget to turn their signal off. Sometimes they do not have time to signal if they are trying to avoid potholes, grooved pavement, puddles or other debris that would present a hazard. Always allow space and do not drive alongside a motorcycle in your lane, only motorcycles can share lanes.

Motorists share the road with a variety of vehicles including motorcycles. Motorcycle usage is growing in popularity and all driver’s need to respect their space and be extra alert when driving amongst motorcycles. Let’s all share the road and remember it is the time of year to “Start Seeing Motorcycles.”

For more information about motorcycle safety and classes visit the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning at www.michigan.gov/ohsp.

2021 Torch Run Sale Shirts Now Available

Shirts are $10 each and available in sizes from Adult Small to XX Large. Heather blue color in a 65/35 poly/cotton blend. Help support Special Olympics Michigan and purchase your shirts while they are in stock. Available at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department and The Bird & The Bear Grill.

You can pick up shirts Monday-Friday at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If you have questions or want to place an order please contact Julie Hill at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 291 or email jhill@gerrishpolice.org.

TORCH RUN will take place the 2nd week in September…watch for upcoming information on this 5K event that will run from the Gerrish Twp. Police Department to the South Higgins Lake State Park.

11th Annual Higgins Lake SUNRISE RUN

Register Before May 3rd – $10.00 Off Each Registration Fee

Put those running shoes on and help support the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center and participate in the Higgins Lake Sunrise Run. The run is scheduled for June 19, 2021 and consists of three different events. The Half Marathon begins at the North Higgins Lake State Park and finishes at the South Higgins Lake State Park. The 5K Run/Walk and the 10K Run/Walk start and finish at the South State Park.

  • Half Marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. (Register by 6:30 a.m.) Registration Fee is $55 (After 5/3/2021 will be $65)
  • 10K Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration Fee is $35 (After 5/3/2021 will be $45)
  • 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration Fee is $35 (After 5/3/2021 will be $45)


All proceeds go to support the work of NMCAC whose Mission is “To reduce the trauma of child abuse and neglect by providing prevention, intervention and advocacy.”

94.8 Pounds of Drugs Turned In From Drug Drop Box at Gerrish Twp. P.D.

Yesterday Lt. Patchin delivered 94.8 pounds of unused and unwanted medications to Petoskey Department of Public Safety for proper disposal. These medications represent a 6-month collection from our Drug Drop Box located just outside the front entry door at the Gerrish Twp. Police Department. This is double the amount that was turned in from our last disposal.

Our drug drop box is available to the public and can be utilized anytime. If you have a large container or quantity that does not look like it will fit in the pull-out drawer of the box, just ring the door buzzer and someone will meet you to take the drugs and give them to our officer in charge of collection. Please note that the building is normally staffed during the day time hours from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, however, the drop box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Community Service Awards Presented to Gerrish Police Department Members

Chief Brian Hill presented two Community Service Awards to Gerrish Police Department Members at the regular Gerrish Twp. Board meeting on April 13, 2021.

Officer Eric Muszynski and Administrative Clerk Julie Hill received these awards in recognition of their outstanding leadership in community involvement to include chairing several Department and ACT NOW fundraising events in 2020 which exceeded the Department’s expectations.

Chief Hill stated, “2020 was a very difficult year for fundraising in our community and both of these members worked hard to modify many of our regular annual fundraisers to make them fit into the COVID guidelines.” He added, “Without their leadership and support our non-profit community organization ACT NOW would have suffered greatly and would not have been able to still hold our annual community events last year such as Trunk or Treat, Shop-With-A-Cop, Glow Golf, Stuffed Animal Fundraiser and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, just to name a few.”

THANK YOU Officer Muszynski and Julie Hill for your extra efforts in your community service!!

Press Release – 2 Injured in Car Accident in Gerrish Township

Officers from the Gerrish Township Police Department are investigating a single vehicle Personal Injury accident that occurred on Tuesday April 13, 2021 at approximately 6:45 p.m.  Gerrish Township Police, Fire, and E.M.S. were dispatched to an area of West Federal Highway near North Central Drive in Gerrish Township, Roscommon County.  When first responders arrived on scene, they found two occupants trapped in the vehicle that appeared to have rolled multiple times.  The vehicle was traveling West bound when it lost control and left the roadway striking a driveway embankment and culvert coming to rest on the driver’s side.  The Jaws of Life had to be used to extricate the two occupants who both suffered injuries.  The male Driver, 31-year-old from Kalkaska, Michigan was transported to Munson Hospital Grayling and later released.  The female passenger, 32-year-old from Roseville, Michigan was air lifted by North Flight Aero Med to Munson Hospital Traverse City with serious injuries.  Gerrish Township Police are continuing their investigation into the accident and believe speed and intoxicants are contributing factors in the crash.  The Gerrish Township Police Officers were assisted on the scene by the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department, Gerrish Township Fire/EMS, Higgins Township Fire/EMS, and North Flight Aero Med out of Traverse City.

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