Gerrish Township Police Department

“Community with Police…Caring and Sharing Together”

Department News

Hawk Rescue

Yesterday, during a motorist assist on the side of County Road 100 between West Pine and the power lines, Officers Fick and Scroggin found a hawk that was extremely confused and not flying on the side of the road. The citizens had stopped when they saw the hawk and attempted to contact A.R.K. (Association to Rescue Kritters) and other rescue entities but were unable to reach anyone.

With assistance from Central Dispatch, contact was made with Ruth at ARK and the Officers used a towel to get the hawk into a box. The Officers transported the hawk to ARK as they were short handed.

Once at the ARK center, it did not appear that the hawk had any broken bones but it did have a concussion, possibly from being hit by a car and it was extremely starved.

Officers left the hawk in the care of the ARK center where it will be nursed back to health. It should make a full recovery in a couple of weeks and then will be released back to where it was found.

Thank you Officer Fick and Officer Scroggin for your care and compassion!

Thank You TORCH RUN Participants!

Despite the rain yesterday, 50 people participated in our Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (Gerrish Community Run) that began at 6:00 p.m. at the Gerrish Twp. Municipal Complex and ended at the South Higgins Lake State Park Pavilion. We had participants from the Kirtland Regional Police Academy and Criminal Justice Students, local area Special Olympic Athletes along with many community residents and representatives from the Roscommon County Sheriff Department and the State of Michigan DNR.

This was our second best year since we began hosting a run and we raised over $2,900 for Special Olympics of Michigan. Over half of the funds raised go directly back to our local Special Olympians.

Thank you to Officer Shannon Fick for organizing this event and to the CERT volunteers for assisting with traffic safety. Thank you also to Mike Eva for providing a water station, RAPS Transportation Department for providing a bus to return runners to their vehicles and to Family Fare of Roscommon for the donated hot dogs, chips and water for everyone at the end of the run.

Patriot Day…We Will Never Forget

Please take a moment out of your day to remember all of those that lost their lives on 09-11-01. They will always be remembered and our heartfelt prayers go out to all of those families who suffered so greatly and whose lives are forever changed.

We would also like to remember all the first responders that made the ultimate sacrifice that day or succumbed to injuries or illnesses after 09-11-01. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

To our brothers and sisters in blue (and red) in New York, we are thinking about you today and praying for your continued healing from such a great loss. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

Coffee with a Cop – September 27, 2019

Come out and enjoy a FREE cup of coffee and some casual conversation with our Gerrish Police Officers. The event will run from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at The Bird & The Bear Grill located at 9015 N. Cut Road, Roscommon.

Items will be available to purchase from the menu…great breakfast plates, pastries and donuts!!

Roscommon Area Public Schools First Day Sept. 3rd

Our local public schools will begin their 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Please use caution when traveling (especially morning and afternoon hours) and watch out for kids walking or waiting for buses.

Please slow down when you see children and buses in the area and follow all of the Michigan motor vehicle laws regarding buses. As a reminder, check out some tips for school bus safety and what drivers should know by clicking this link: https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_64773_22760-287566–,00.html

Life Saving Awards Presented to Sgt. LaBonte & Officer Scroggin

At last night’s regular Gerrish Township Board Meeting, Chief Hill presented Life Saving Awards to Sgt. Norman LaBonte and Officer James Scroggin. They were recognized for their actions on duty on May 28, 2019 in response to a Water Accident/Near Drowning call in which they swiftly located a pontoon boat and a jet ski and rescued two kayak victims in the deep waters of Higgins Lake between Treasure Island and the Hawthorn Trail shore area. Both victims, in their 30’s, were not wearing life jackets and their kayaks capsized and were sinking. The air temperature was approximately 60 degrees and the water temperatures was approximately 48 degrees.

Both subjects were brought in to shore to waiting Gerrish Twp. EMS crews and they were treated on scene for hypothermia and released to their grateful family.

Thank you for your swift actions and going above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to both officers on receiving this distinguished award. This is the highest award a police officer can receive and it is Officer Scroggin’s first Life Saving Award and Sgt. LaBonte’s third Life Saving Award in his 18 year career.

Car Seat Safety Checks & Community Education Offered at National Night Out

Gerrish Twp. Police Officer Shannon Fick, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, was on hand at the National Night Out event held last night at the Houghton Lake Walmart parking lot. She checked 11 seats and provided a lot of community education to the attendees. The event ran from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fall GLOW GOLF September 7, 2019

Back by popular demand…come on out to Ye Olde Country Club on Saturday, September 7th and participate in a really unique and fun event.

Registration fee is only $25 per person and that includes a pull cart, your green fees, hot dogs and chips!

50/50 Raffle tickets and Glow Gear available to purchase during the “Before the Glow Party” from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. with Tee Off at 8:00 p.m.

Bring your own beverages/coolers and wagons…best decorated cart or wagon will win a prize!

Sign up early as we can only accommodate 18 teams.

All proceeds benefit community programs and projects sponsored by ACT NOW and the Gerrish Police Department such as Trunk or Treat, Scholarships, Shop-with-a-Cop, Home Energy Assistance and many others.

Roll Over accident on I-75 Sunday Afternoon Injures 2

On 08/04/2019 @ approximately 5:28 p.m. the Gerrish Township Police Department, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police were all dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident on Northbound I-75 at the 243 Mile Marker in Gerrish Township, Roscommon County.  Through Officer’s investigation it was determined the 63 year old female driver from Central Lake was traveling Northbound on I-75 with her 33 year old nephew who was from the Holland area.  The driver of the vehicle lost control and left the roadway causing the vehicle to roll approximately 4 to 5 times before landing and coming to rest on all four wheels.  The male passenger was trapped and had to be extricated from the wreckage.  The female driver was air lifted from the scene by Flight Care out of Saginaw while the male passenger was air lifted by North Flight Aero Med out of Traverse City.  Both patients were flown to Traverse City Munson Spectrum Health for medical treatment.  Both patients are listed in stable condition at this time.  The cause of the accident is still being investigated however may have been related to a medical condition.

Also assisting on scene was the Gerrish Township Fire and EMS, Frederic Township EMS and Beaver Creek Fire Department.

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