The post held its annual Holiday Party at Fairlanes Bowling Alley. Exp Chris Woodward was able to secure many different gifts and prizes from national police equipment suppliers.
On December 14th, Associate Advisor/Instructor Scott Bennis found a unique way to propose to Associate Advisor/Instructor Briann Bierkamp. While the explorers were going through a routine Felony Stop Training Scenario, Bierkamp was designated as a suspect. The explorers who were in the training exercise ordered Bierkamp back with the PA system and when she was placed on her knees with her hands on her head, Bennis approached from behind.
At first Bierkamp thought it was an explorer handcuffing her, until she felt something move onto her finger. She said out loud, “what is that” and a familiar voice (Bennis) stated, “if you marry me, I’ll get you out of this mess babe.” Bierkamp pulled her hands away to see a diamond ring on her finger and yelled, “are you serious” about five times!!! Bennis said he was and she just kept saying it over and over. Finally someone yelled out, “ya he is, what’s the answer” and she said, “of course, yes!!!”
Bennis and Bierkamp met as police explorers themselves in the post about five years prior and dated several years. Both served in board positions and aged out and became Associate Advisors/Instructors and will soon be married. A date has not been set.
Members of the explorer post assisted the Madison Heights Goodfellows with their annual gift giveaway on December 15th. Explorers assisted with traffic control and loading the vehicles with gift baskets and food for those in need. Some explorers assisted in the annual Goodfellows Newspaper sale in November to help raise funds for this date.
The Madison Heights Goodfellows are a group of people who volunteer through the Madison Heights Police Department and other organizations that collect donations throughout the year to give to families in need during the holiday season. Sgt. Stephen Worton, the Auxilary Services Coordinator for the police department’s volunteer services, serves as the Goodfellows President.
The advisors and senior members of the post organized a Crime Scene Investigation Class for the new members who recently joined the post. The new members learned about searching the scene for evidence, interviewing witnesses, suspects and victims, photographing a crime scene, measuring evidence for reconstruction, collecting various forms of evidence, lifting fingerprints and making a disposition of the case.
Senior explorers who presented the different subjects were Mike Perez, Mike Ochs, Chris Woodward, and Lauren Fowler. Associate Advisors Dennis Whittie and Scott Bennis taught subjects as well.
After the Crime Scene Investigation class, members went outside to do the Felony Stop Course. The felony stop training took place as the first large snowfall of the season was underway!!
On November 26th, the members of the explorer post attended the annaul Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration, held in front of city hall. Mayor Swanson addressed the crowd and counted down until the city tree was lit. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived on a Fire Truck escorted by the Madison Heights Police. The city provided hot chocolate and cookies to those that attended.
The first snowfall of the year occured during the event. The explorers joined in the celeberation as well as helped with some minor take down at the event.