15 Explorer post members receives national volunteer award

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – An unprecedented 15 Explorers from one post received U.S. Presidential Service Awards at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

The honorees, all from Downriver Detroit Wyandotte Police Explorer Post 1818, each performed over 100 hours of community service.
National officials say that in the past, no post ever has had more than four honorees at once.

Presenting the awards were Police Chief Daniel Grant and co-advisers Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Kowalske and Wyandotte Detective Scott Galeski. Grant presented meritorious citations to Kowalske and Galeski for their over 1,000 combined hours of service to the post.

The Explorers performed many services to the Downriver community, including working security for parades, fireworks, festivals and art fairs. They assisted the Salvation Army with Thanksgiving dinners, holiday food and gift drives.

The Kiwanis received help from Explorers during fundraising activities. The young people also visited schools as role models and made public speeches and presentations.

Each award winner received a presidential pin, a president’s council certificate and a letter from President Barack Obama.

The award winners include:
• Maj. Michael Reyna of Riverview, who performed 193 hours of service;
• Capt. Mohammed Alkhalaf of Dearborn, 182 hours;
• Lt. James Nowell of Detroit, 126 hours;
• Lt. Adam Stromberg of Allen Park, 178 hours;
• Senior Sgt. Samantha Michael of Wyandotte, 178 hours;
• Sgt. Alex Dzagulones of Wyandotte, 106 hours;
• Sgt. John Syc of Wyandotte, 109 hours;
• Sgt. Matthew Kowal of Southgate, 106 hours;
• Sgt. Mark Moritz, River Rouge, 178 hours;
• Sgt. Devin Cade, Wyandotte, 178 hours;
• Senior Explorer Joe Marshall, Ecorse, 178 hours;
• Senior Explorer Lauren Savala-Baker, Wyandotte, 163 hours;
• Senior Explorer Daniel Voss, Woodhaven, 178 hours;
• Senior Explorer Delaney Cade, Wyandotte, 178 hours;
• Senior Explorer Freddie Harshbarger II, Allen Park, 178 hours;
• Carl Reyna, Detroit, 193 hours.

“Our Explorers are amazing,” said Galeski, the program’s adviser. “It does not take but a simple request to get them to step up and serve the community. I am proud of all of them.”

Galeski said 43 Explorers just missed the requirements for an award by about 10 hours.

The Downriver Detroit Wyandotte Explorer Post 1818 provides young men and women age 14 to 20 years old with a chance to study law enforcement and perform community service.

Students learn ethics, basic patrol and arrest techniques, and learn about firearms, forensics, traffic accident investigations and self-defense.

Applicants must be attending school or in the military. They must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average and have no negative contacts with school or the police.

The program offers scholarships, and accepts new applicants each fall.

For more information contact Galeski at (734) 324-4434.