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9.27.2004
WASHTENAW ONE HUNDRED CLUB ANNOUNCES FIREFIGHTER AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Ann Arbor, MI --- The Washtenaw 100 Club is proud to announce it is honoring K-9 Officer Henry Fusik of the Pittsfield Department of Public Safety as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Lieutenant Max Anthouard of the City of Ypsilanti Fire Department as Firefighter of the Year.

In addition to awarding $10,000 in scholarships to families of fire and police personnel, the Washtenaw 100 annually selects individuals to honor at their annual meeting as firefighter and police officer of the year. For 2004, the Washtenaw 100 Club has selected Lieutenant Anthouard as Firefighter of the Year. He is a proven leader and exemplary fire fighter who has gained the respect of his peers around the tri-county area. Lieutenant Anthouard has become a Michigan Certified Instructor, is a current member of the Washtenaw County Haz-Mat Team, introduced the B.P. and AED Programs in the City of Ypsilanti, and serves as the EMS Coordinator for the City of Ypsilanti Fire Department. Lieutenant Anthouard’s dedication to fire service is evident in his desire to become a Fire Instructor - completed on his own time with his own funds after returning to the United States after serving with the Paris, France Fire Department. Lieutenant Anthouard competes each year in the United States Marine Corps Marathon, complete with full gear, to earn money for Burn Victims.

Selected as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was K-9 Officer Henry Fusik of the Pittsfield Department of Public Safety. Officer Fusik has worked for Pittsfield since 1995 and he and his trusted pal, “Recon”, are somewhat local celebrities and in demand throughout Washtenaw County. Officer Fusik’s dynamic personality, leadership abilities and highly polished skills exemplify excellence in police work. Officer Fusik and Recon are responsible for the capture of individuals who have committed armed robberies and assaults, escaped felons, and the recovery of ten’s of thousands of dollars in suspected “drug money” while assisting other jurisdictions such as the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department and Saline Police Department. His nomination reads, “Officer Fusik is a vital part of the Pittsfield Police Department and because of his talents and efforts the department is leaps and bounds ahead of what it would be without him.”

The Washtenaw One Hundred Club, is an organization of area business people whose mission is to support local active police officers and fire fighters who serve within Washtenaw County. The group’s annual dinner is scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2004 at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest (1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti) beginning at 6pm. This year’s speaker for the dinner is U.S. Congressman John Dingell, Senior Member of the House of Representatives. For more information on the dinner, phone (734) 741-0400 or visit email info@washtenaw100.org.

The Washtenaw 100 is proud to support the families of the men and women of law enforcement
and firefighting who give so selflessly that we may enjoy a safe community.