It was a time to remember 158 officers killed in the line of duty and recognize outstanding service by law enforcement officers from Saginaw Township and other departments.

Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl says the Tuesday, May 14 awards honored officers solving major crimes and saving drug overdose victims.

One of the awards was for solving a jewelry theft at the Fashion Square Mall involving the theft of more than $130,000 of merchandise in several states.

Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig received a standing ovation with his award for being seriously wounded in a January shooting during a traffic stop, yet returning fire at his assailant. He also provided key information about the suspect. The suspect was caught in Shiawassee County after 12 hours with assistance from police agencies in four counties.

The annual awards ceremony also recognized officers for going above and beyond in their duties. Officer Glen Hill was named as ‘Officer of the Year’ along with Saginaw Township Detective Brandon Wilson as the BAYANET ‘Officer of the Year’. Saginaw Township Police Explorer Sergeant Garret Temple is the department’s Explorer of the Year.

The Saginaw Township Police Officers Association awarded a scholarship to Emily Sadowski who plans on a career in law enforcement.

A lone bagpiper leads Saginaw Township Police officers to a memorial service. (WSGW News photo by Bill Hewitt)