| Officer John, Jodi,
Katie and Gavin Cleveland
MADD Michigan recently held their Annual Lifesaver Awards Luncheon to honor law enforcement across the state. There were over 100 nominations and nearly 300 people in attendance.
This year, the state introduced a new award, and it speaks to the heart of why MADD’s mission is so critical. On June 25, 2012, Ferndale Police Officer John Cleveland, who has been recognized by MADD in previous years for his diligence in eliminating drunk driving, his wife Jodie, and their three young children, Olivia, Katie and Gavin, were stuck by a substance impaired driver. The crash killed their three-year-old daughter, Olivia, and Jodie, Katie and Gavin suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization.
The first annual Olivia Cleveland Gratitude Award, created by the Cleveland family to honor Olivia, saluted two officers who demonstrated incredible compassion. Deputy Patrick “Jamie” Bagos and Deputy John Palazzolo, both of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, were the first responders who cared for the Cleveland family and have remained in their lives since that horrific day.
The Clevelands inscribed the officers’ awards with the following message:
"With deep thanks for being a caring, patient, strong, and compassionate man in the face of extreme tragedy. This award is given in memory of Olivia as a testament to your unending commitment to serve those who need you most."
Deputy Patrick “Jamie” Bagos and Deputy John Palazzolo
of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office with the Cleveland family