Explorer Ochs “Retires” from Post

November 26, 2008

ochs-car-portraitMichael “Gybbs” Ochs has aged out of the explorer post at age 21. 

Mike joined the post in 2003 when he was 16-years-old and rose through the ranks of Trustee, QuarterMaster, Vice-President of Administration for two terms and then was elected President.   Mike attained the skill rank of Sergeant prior to aging out. 

He attended the National Conference/Competition in 2004 (Atlanta, GA), 2006 (Flagstaff, AZ) and 2008 (Ft. Collins, CO).  Through his attendance at the States Competition of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, Mike earned  trophies in Domestic Violence Response and Crime Scene Investigation.  During several of these competitions, he acted as the Team Leader.

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Mike's First Year in the Post at 16-years-old.

Many of the awards he won include the “Explorer of the Year”, Drug Abuse Prevention, Community Service, Law Enforcement Service, Crime Prevention, and Perfect Attendance.  He was elected as the “most likely to be a chief of police” by his fellow explorers and earned a Leadership Award from the post advisors.  Mike attended two Search and Rescue Trainings at Boyne Mountain and competed in statewide explorer post paintball tournaments. 

Mike’s favorite part of the post was the tactical trainings, active shooter and Incident Command scenarios, 4th of July events and the competitions.  Mike represented the post, the police department and the city of Madison Heights well.  Over his five year career with the post he has donated over 500 combined hours of dispatch, community service and training. In addition, he served on the Post’s Medical First Responder Team.

He has almost completed his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice through Oakland Community College and plans to put himself through the police academy in the near future. 

Mike’s long term goal is to earn a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice while working in a local police department.  

He has agreed to continue to volunteer with the program and stay on with the post as an Associate Advisor/Instructor.  (Many more pictures with the below link)

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