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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 18:06

Wayne County Sheriff Personnel Honored At Westland Police Department Featured

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When a fire broke at Thomas Taylor Towers – Senior Living Center, responding officers from the Westland police and fire departments were  forced to use the stairs to evacuate the tenants on the 9th floor, where the fire began, along with the 10th floor, because the buildings elevators were shut down; but mutual aid was requested - the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Garden City Police Department.

With a fast acting plan set in motion, the Westland firefighters evacuated individuals from the smoke filled floors and handed them off to police officers staged at the stairwells.  These officers, in turn, escorted the individuals down to ground level and safety.  This system proved highly effective and within minutes all residents on the 9th and 10th floors were evacuated to the ground level. 

Due to answering a call for help and responding to the Westland Police Department without hesitation, Wayne County Sheriff’s Personnel: Sgt. Brian Glatfelter, Sgt. Lee Smith, Cpl. David Austin, Officer Christopher Mittlestat, and Now-Retired-Corporal David Okoney, were awarded the "Westland Police Department Certificate of Merit."  

See attached pictures of personnel below.

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