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Detroit’s best, bravest to be honored

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — The city’s best and bravest police, fire and EMS personnel will be honored at the “Above & Beyond” award ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the grand Ballroom of Cobo Center.

The event is being hosted by the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

The Awards Ceremony will recognize Detroit police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel for going "Above & Beyond" the call of duty, and local officials for their exemplary services in the city of Detroit.

Selected honorees will receive one of four prestigious awards, one of which is the Medal of Valor, given to first responders when their acts of heroism are distinguished beyond the normal demands of service.

Additional awards that will be presented include the “City Change Maker,” “Integrity and Ethics” and the “Public Safety Partner Award.”

The honors will be bestowed by Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig and Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins, along with local presenters.

“The monumental strides we have taken as a department over the last year can only be attributed to those who took the oath to serve,” Craig said in a press release.

"I am humbled to lead a group of Officers of whom I have the utmost admiration for.”

Detroit’s first responders will be in attendance, along with business and community leaders, public safety officials and the honorees’ families, friends and colleagues.

The Award Ceremony will be hosted by noted comedian and actor Alonzo Bodden.

To reserve a table, or for more information, visit the Detroit Public Safety Foundation at or call (313) 628-2169.

General ticket prices range from $10 to $500 while sponsorship packages begin at $1,500.

(313) 222-2023