Copper Country police officers recognized with award for heroism during Father's Day Flood

Published: Sep. 18, 2019 at 6:28 PM EDT
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People gathered in the Houghton County Courthouse Wednesday as three Houghton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Sergeant with the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office were honored as Michigan’s Police Officers of the Year.

"It was a nice ceremony to recognize myself and my fellow deputies for an unfortunate occurrence that we had a year ago during the Father's Day Flood," said Angela Miles, a Deputy Sheriff with the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office.

Miles was honored alongside fellow Houghton County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Tyler Harju and Hans Tolkkinen, and Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office Sergeant, Brad Pelli.

All four officers are being recognized for their actions during the rescue of Thatcher Markham, the flood's only casualty.

"They went through flooded waters, and they ran a mile on foot over trees and downed wires. If they hadn't done it, people probably wouldn't have been angry about it, it was one of those things that they just chose to do," said Jim Tignanelli, the President of the Police Officer’s Association of Michigan.

The ceremony usually happens down state in Grand Rapids, so the Police Officers Association of Michigan decided to make some adjustments.

"This year because of the distance involved and the limited number of personnel working, these officers were unable to join us. So I told them I would bring the show on the road," added Tignanelli

The officers who received the award were honored to get recognition for their actions.

"It's humbling, we go to work every day and this is just part of the job. It's nice to get some recognition for something we do on a daily basis,” said Miles.