Annual Lifesavers Award Luncheon
Thank you to our 2013 Michigan Lifesavers Luncheon Sponsors! Without your support this important recognition event would not be possible.
August 1, 2013 was an incredible afternoon honoring those whose daily sacrifices and firm conviction help keep our roadways safe. Please take a moment to read the 2013 Award Recipients via the link at the bottom of this page.
This year we introduced a new award, and it speaks to the heart of why this mission is critical. Ferndale Police Officer John Cleveland, who has been recognized by MADD in previous years for his diligence in eliminating drunk driving, personally experienced this tragedy. On June 25, 2012, John, his wife Jodie, and their three young children, Olivia, Katie, and Gavin, were struck by an impaired driver. Jodie, Katie, and Gavin suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization. Olivia did not survive the crash. She was only three years old.
The first annual Olivia Cleveland Gratitude Award, created by the Cleveland family to honor Olivia, salutes those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to eliminating impaired driving. The family presented the award to Deputy Patrick “Jamie” Bagos and Deputy John Palazzolo, both of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, who have been instrumental during their time of grief and healing.
This year’s nominees and award recipients are clearly dedicated to ending this senseless crime so that no other family will experience the loss the Cleveland family faces.
John and Jodie along with their children Katie and Gavin present the Olivia Cleveland Gratitude Award.
2013 Outstanding Officers
Please click here to see a list of our 2013 Awardees