2018 American Legion Michigan Firefighter of the Year

Lawrence Burwell, Law & Order Subcommittee Chair; Captain Todd Shorkey of the Bay City Department of Public Safety, 2018 American Legion Michigan Firefighter of the Year; and Department of Michigan Commander Brett Holt.

JULY 11, 2018 (LANSING, MICHIGAN) – Captain Todd Shorkey of Bay City has been named The American Legion, Department of Michigan, 2017-18 Firefighter of the Year.  The 23-year veteran of the Bay City Department of Public Safety received the award at the organization’s 100th Annual Department Convention in Kalamazoo on June 22.

The Legion recognized Shorkey for his distinguished public service career.  He was named Bay City’s Firefighter of the Year in 2009 and again in 2017.  Known for his high standard of performance and his passion for the job of firefighting, Shorkey is certified by the Firefighters Training Council in several areas and has won numerous awards.  He is active off-duty with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Fill the Boot campaign and is currently working to obtain the United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Captains License which will assist him in his work on the Princess Wenona boat cruises.  

“Capt. Shorkey provides excellent care to our citizens during incident responses, often going above and beyond to make sure the residents, patients and family members are comfortable and secure,” according to Bay City Fire Chief Karey Prieur.  “He shows great concern for the welfare of others and is actively involved in finding solutions to difficult challenges. ”

Shorkey began his career in firefighting in 1990 as a member of the Bangor Township Fire Department. He began with Bay City Department of Public Safety in 1994.  He has served as a Firefighter/EMT, Driver/Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain. 

The American Legion also recognized the 2017-18 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, five individuals as Teacher of the Year, Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Oratorical Contest winner.  Legionnaires also voted in 2018-19 Department Commander Steve Striggow and other department officers.  Medal of Honor recipient and keynote speaker Jim McCloughan was also named the Legionnaire of the Year.  

The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.


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