PORTAGE | A Portage police officer and several members of the department's reserve units were recognized recently for their accomplishments.
Master Patrolman Chris Burch was presented with the department's lifesaving award during last week's city council meeting. Burch was credited with helping save the life of a 72-year-old Portage resident who had gone into cardiac arrest. Burch, who was the first on scene, initiated CPR.
The department's reserve unit also was recognized during the meeting.
Police Chief Troy Williams said the 18 members of the department, including seven new members sworn in May 13, donated 7,113 hours to the department in 2012. They were involved in 318 transports of prisoners and 45 call outs.
Recognized for the hours they donated to the department by receiving letters of commendation were Reserve Sgt. Gil Spisak, who volunteered 1,603 hours and has been a member for 14 years; Capt. Chris Segard, who donated 575 hours and has been a reserve member for eight years; Kathryn Crook, who served eight months in 2012 and volunteered 788 hours; and Steve Miller who contributed 1,213 hours and has served for six years.