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Gerrish Township Police Department Received Award from Michigan Recreation and Park Association

DNR Parks and Recreation Field Coordinator Bruce Ross, Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Chief John Patchin, Gerrish Township Police Chief Brian Hill, South Higgins Lake State Park Supervixor Dale Shagena, DNR Parks and Recreation Roscommon District Supervixor Anna Sylvester, DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chif Ron Olson

DNR Parks and Recreation Field Coordinator Bruce Ross, Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Chief John Patchin, Gerrish Township Police Chief Brian Hill, South Higgins Lake State Park Supervixor Dale Shagena, DNR Parks and Recreation Roscommon District Supervixor Anna Sylvester, DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chif Ron Olson

On March 14th, Gerrish Twp. Police Chief Brian Hill accepted an award that was presented to the department from MRPA (Michigan Recreation and Park Association) in recognition and appreciation of outstanding contributions and unselfish devotion for the advancement of parks, recreation and leisure services in the community of Gerrish. For the past five years Chief Hill has organized and coordinated a Youth Alcohol Enforcement effort at the South Higgins Lake State Park during the 4th of July holiday. Up until 2010, part of the funds for this special enforcement effort came from Michigan State Office of Highway Safety Planning. When those grants were no longer available, Chief Hill consulted with partners from the Roscommon County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police, DNR Law Enforcement Division and DNR Parks Division and decided to continue to fund the operation due to its success as it made a positive difference in the community by promoting safety and providing a pleasurable family-oriented recreation environment for our citizens and visitors. Chief Hill attended the MRPA Community Service Award Ceremony at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, along with Gerrish Twp. Fire Chief John Patchin. Chief Hill stated, “Even though we are not part of a traditional public safety department, this type of event would not be possible in our township without the joint efforts from our Gerrish Twp. Fire/EMS Department and that this award will be shared with Chief Patchin and his staff as the mutual support between our two departments is what enables us to provide the best services possible to our community.”