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Police officers honored for line of duty

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

To kick off Memorial Day weekend the city of Saginaw remembered the men and women who died serving their community.

Friday was a time to remember the fallen as well as recognize those who risk their lives to keep Americans safe every day.

Detective Matthew Gerow is Saginaw's Police Officer of the Year.

"I'm very proud of him. He works very hard and he's very dedicated, so it's very exciting for our family," said Lori Gerow, Matthew's wife. "He's very dedicated and I know what he does is very dangerous, so it kind of really makes it all the more sweeter for everything."

Police Chief Brian Lipe said Matthew Gerow went above and beyond on more than one of his cases. He even used his own credit card to fly a witness back to Saginaw. It led to convictions in a gang-related arson case.

"To have a detective, our Officer of the Year do that to solve a case, to get the persons responsible put behind bars for a long time, that were committing some very violent acts, is something we should celebrate," Lipe said.

The chief said award ceremonies like this are important so the officers can receive the recognition for all the hard work they do every day. But it's also important for the public to see what these guys do on a daily basis in order to make sure they're all safe.

"I think it's a great thing for the community to see all the great work that has been done over the last year," Lipe said.

Friday's ceremony wasn't just for awards, but also to remember the fallen.

"We recognize the individuals that died in the line of duty here in the city of Saginaw and it's a nice event to do that," Lipe said.

In the end Matthew Gerow said he was just doing his job. Awards are fine, but that's not why he became an officer.

A number of good Samaritans, as well as other officers, were recognized Friday for the outstanding work they have done in the community. 

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