See how Farmington honored local first responders Monday

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Farmington area first responders and a member of Groves-Walker American Legion Post were honored Monday in downtown Farmington.

The 2017 Farmington Patriot Day Ceremony, hosted by Groves-Walker American Legion Post #346, paid tribute to the lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, PA, and Washington, DC. In addition, the post presented the following awards:

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  • Farmington Public Safety Officer of the Year: William Wood
  • Farmington Hills Firefighter of the Year: Steve Vierk
  • Farmington Hills Police Officer of the Year: Steve Syoen

Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh and Police Chief Chuck Nebus both talked about the emergency personnel who lost their lives the day of the attacks, as well as those who have died since then from related illnesses.

Post #346 added a surprise to this year’s ceremony honoring one of their own, Marya Davis, as American Legionnaire of the Year. Davis, a member of the Color Guard, said she joined the post three years ago, after the Redford Veterans of Foreign Wars post provided military honors at her father’s funeral.

“It is my honor to serve in the community of Farmington,” she said.

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