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Public Safety Employee of the Month

Public Safety Employee of the Month

March 2017

Office Discher
Scott Discher

The Novi Public Safety Administration would like to extend their appreciation and congratulations to Auxiliary Firefighter Scott Discher on his nomination and selection as the Novi Public Safety Employee of the Month – March 2017.  Auxiliary Firefighter Discher was nominated by Captain Mark Theisen and selected by the Implementation Committee for his professionalism and calm demeanor during a traumatic incident.

On March 18, 2017, Novi Fire Personnel responded to victims trapped on Shawood Lake.  Fire crews arrived to find a man and his dog stuck in a kayak, surrounded by icy water, approximately 100 yards from the shoreline. After the 27 year old male saw his dog fall through the ice, he ran out of his house to rescue his companion wearing only a t-shirt and sweatpants. After pulling the dog out of the water and into the kayak, the owner became surrounded by ice and was unable to use his paddles.  Wet, cold, and exhausted the man was struggling and could not return to shore.  Without hesitation, Auxiliary Firefighter Discher suited up in the cold water rescue gear and headed onto the ice. As he made your way toward the victim, Auxiliary Firefighter Discher continued to reassure him that he would be safe, dry, and warm as quickly as possible.  When Auxiliary Firefighter Discher reached the victim, he placed a life vest on him, attached the kayak to the rescue harness, and stayed near while the victim and his dog were quickly pulled to safety.  
Throughout the incident, Auxiliary Firefighter Discher remained level headed, collected, and used his extensive training to ensure a safe outcome for a Novi resident in distress. The man initially displayed symptoms of hypothermia but was cleared medically by Auxiliary Firefighter Discher and other firefighters after a short period of time.  Auxiliary Firefighter Discher is commended for his bravery, quick actions, and calm demeanor in this stressful situation. 

Previous Employees of the Month

February 2017 - Michael Warren

January 2017 - Alan Patterson

December 2016 - Renee Landis

November 2016 - Bob Manar

October 2016 - Carol Westfall

September 2016 - Kristie Gruenwald

July 2016 - Alisa Brown

June 2016 - Mark Theisen

April 2016 - Karen Assaf

March 2016 - Kristie Gruenwald

February 2016 - Michael Daisley

January 2016 - Greg Lis

December 2015 - Paul Leslie

November 2015 - Michael Bender

October 2015 - Janet Kaplan

September 2015 - Brady Rees

August 2015 - Steven Snell

July 2015 - Karen Patterson

June 2015 - Joshua Chapman

May 2015 - Jon Zabick

April 2015 - Scott Tewes

March 2015 - Joe Carpenter

February 2015 - Jason Bergtold

January 2015 - Phil Duczyminski

December 2014 - Joe Shelton

November 2014 - Josh Bunse

October 2014 - Steve Patterson

September 2014 - Todd Seog

August 2014 - Gerylann Garris

July 2014 - Michael Daisley

June 2014 - Randy Mince

May 2014 - Scott Tewes

April 2014 - Karen Assaf

March 2014 - Kristie Gruenwald

February 2014 - Brandon Bidus

January 2014 - Steve Balog