Bay City Recognizes Public Safety Officers

At a special presentation during Monday night’s City Commission Meeting, members of the Bay City Department of Public Safety were awarded for their efforts during 2021.

“It’s basically recognizing some of the good work that was done by first responders,” said Interim Director of Public Safety Caleb Rowell, “I recognize them all the time at the department. It’s nice to be able to do it in a public forum, though, so everyone else can see the work they did.”

Corporal Paul Cairns was awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Cairns is the first Bay City Police Officer to be paired up with a police K-9. He credits the award to K-9 Loki, stating, “He’s a very good dog. I’m just pretty much the guy that holds the leash… He’s been very successful in quite a few things that he’s done, and not only that, but he’s an all-star in the community. People love him.”

Corporal Paul Cairns and K-9 Loki

The full list of award recipients is as follows:

Life Saving Citation:  Sergeant Eric Sporman and Officer Jonah O’Laughlin

 Life Saving Citation:  Corporal Brad Peter

Exemplary Service Citation: Officer Scott Close

Exemplary Service Citation: Captain John Harned (now retired), Lieutenant Rodrick Schank, Officer Matthew Strunk, and Officer Scott Close

Exemplary Service Citation: Public Safety Officer Rustin LaRose

Meritorious Service Citation:  Lieutenant Andrew Schultz

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: Corporal Paul Cairns

Firefighter of the Year: Lieutenant Matthew Schwab

Unit of the Year: Fire Operations Division – Fire Academy

Civilian Employee Certificate of Recognition: Crime Video Analyst Shawna Kerkau