SAR Training September of 2013

Search and Rescue Training in Kent County that was held September 20-22, 2013. A great practical learning experience. During the final day of training Officers Balkema and Jokela found the missing person who was armed. Balkema disarmed her without being shot with the air soft weapon that he had when she charged at him. Officer Jokela gave chase to her when she tried to escape and carried her back to the group.



Memorial Day in Bronson Park 2013

Local Public Safety Departments participated in the celebration of Memorial Day in Bronson Park including the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Reserve Division. The Honor Guard did an outstanding job posting the colors. The Mounted Division were also on hand looking very sharp as well as a number of other officers.

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Southwest Michigan Honor Flight 2013

The Southwest Michigan Honor Flight organization flies World War II Veterans to and from the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. free of charge to honor them. Many Departments participated from all over Southwest Michigan to honor the World War II Veterans.  They flew into Gerald R. Ford airport in Grand Rapids and were escorted to Western Michigan University.  The Kalamazoo County Reserve Division also participated in this great event.

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Lighthouse Community Church Traffic Control 2013

Reserve Deputies Conley and Jokela at the Lighthouse Community Church on Saturday December 14, 2013. During our shift we took a hot chocolate warm up break while conducting traffic control at the Living Nativity. Which was attended by approximately 1,000 people. We were well received by everyone. This was a very nice event that we made a lot of friends for the department. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff Reserve Division supplied officers each night for the 4 night event. 

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