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PAGE 6                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                             May 25, 2023


        City unveils 20 new hybrid police patrol cars

           The    Westland     Police  opted for a new color scheme for
        Department is driving into the  the fleet, switching to Ford
        future with the fleet of 20 new  Carbonized Gray. This will be the
        hybrid electric patrol cars now on  first time in department history
        the city streets.              that the fleet has used gray, with
           The Ford Police Interceptors  the previous patrol vehicles being
        were purchased using American  black, white or silver.
        Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.    “As a police department, WLPD
        Each new vehicle features a 3.3-  is committed to not only protecting
        liter HEV engine with 318 com-  the community, but also doing its
        bined horsepower, officials said.  part to reduce its carbon footprint.
        Ford Motor Co. describes the   These cars will help the depart-
        model as “the first-ever pursuit-  ment patrol the streets more effi-
        rated hybrid police SUV.” The next  ciently while also reducing emis-
        generation engines are approxi-  sions and promoting sustainabili-
        mately 25 percent more fuel effi-  ty,” officials noted in a prepared
        cient than the previous Westland  statement.
        fleet of Ford Explorer models, offi-  “We are very proud to have one
        cials said.                    of the first police departments in
           The new patrol cars are also  the area to take the eco-friendly
        equipped with all-new technology  step of transitioning to hybrid
        systems allowing officers to have  patrol cars and is a major achieve-
        access to as much information as  ment in our city- wide commitment
        possible while on patrol or    to responsibly moving to earth  Mayor Michael Londeau celebrates the unveiling of 20 new hybrid Ford Police Interceptor vehicles with
        responding to incidents, police offi-  friendly practices”, commented  members and officials of the department. The new fleet was purchased using American Rescue Plan Act
        cials said. The department also  Mayor Michael P. Londeau.    funds.
        Music teacher is named as ‘Exceptional Educator’

           The students in the orchestra,  School are under the direction of  teaching for more than 21 years,  program created by the Giroux  “I'm humbled. I did not expect
        choir and music appreciation   an 'Exceptional Educator.'     was recently named as an      Pappas Trial Attorneys law firm.  this at all. So, it feels really nice
        classes at John Glenn High       Andrea Bonner, who has been  Exceptional Educator through a  Bonner has been at John Glenn  that the work that I am doing
                                                                                                    for two years and had only praise  with these kids, that they appre-
                                                                                                    for her students.              ciate me and working here. And
                                                                                                       “I get to work with some of the  the parents are on board with
                                                                                                    best kids. They're passionate  what we're doing,” Bonner said.
                                                                                                    about what they do,” she said,   Attorneys Robert Giroux and
                                                                                                    during the presentation. She   Evan Pappas started the pro-
                                                                                                    said music allows students to dis-  gram in January 2022.
                                                                                                    cover qualities that will help   “We thought it was just a won-
                                                                                                    them throughout the rest of their  derful thing to do for teachers
                                                                                                    lives, including dedication and  who work so hard. And we've
                                                                                                    discipline.                    been pretty impressed by the
                                                                                                       “Their hearts are into playing  number of submissions we've
                                                                                                    music and singing. I get to tap in.  received and we've been able to
                                                                                                    We just have fun every day. Just  meet some really fantastic teach-
                                                                                                    making music together,” she    ers,” Giroux explained.
                                                                                                    said.                             “When we come in and we
                                                                                                       Bonner's designation will   spotlight them, they often say
                                                                                                    include a $1,000 donation to John  'Wow, I didn't realize people are
                                                                                                    Glenn from the law firm and a  actually noticing things.' But they
        John Glenn music teacher Andrea Bonner, center, was recently honored as an Exceptional Educator  $100 gift card to Bonner, donated  are, and that's really cool to read
        through a program created by the Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys law firm.                    by Happy's Pizza.              those stories,’' Pappas said.
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