Sgt. Mike Cox honoured as part of 911 Community Service Awards

By Joel Charron

If it were up to Sgt. Mike Cox, he would gladly stroll through life without any recognition.

Thankfully, those around him like to see the Amherstburg police sergeant receive recognition from the community work he has done through out the year.

The Police Services Award was recently presented to Cox as part of the Windsor Parade Corporations 14th annual 911 Community Service Awards. The award was presented to him at the Caboto Club on Thursday, Nov 12.

“I’m very humbled,” said Cox. “I’m not a recognition kind of person. It’s very, very humbling.”

Cox said he is very grateful for the award but was quickly to share the spotlight.

“There’s a lot of people that I work with that deserve this as much as I do,” he said. “I just love what I do.”

Cox was honoured for his work with Special Olympics and local athletes with special needs. Cox has also spent a number of years organizing

Sgt. Mike Cox shows the awards he received as part of being named the 911 Community Service Award winner for police services.

Amherstburg’s involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which has raised thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics.

Cox, along with Community Living Essex County support worker Michelle Jones-Rousseau were the driving forces in creating the Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club, a weekly Wednesday night basketball program aimed to exercise and develop the basketball skills for those supported by Community Living Essex County. What started out as a program for local special needs athletes has flourished, drawing athletes from other Essex County municipalities.

“It shows if you take a very simple idea, it can mushroom and grow into something we are all very proud of,” said Cox.

Cox said the Heroes program provides a “stress-free, fun environment and is a sight to see all the athletes with smiles plastered across their faces.”

The 911 Service Awards Program recognizes outstanding community service beyond the line of duty with police officers, firefighters and EMS staff chosen by peer nominations from across Windsor and Essex County. The focus of the awards is described as two-fold with the honors geared “to recognize an individual for their outstanding service while on the job, and their efforts within the community as a volunteer.”

The Fire & Rescue Award went to Brent Paisley of Windsor Fire & Rescue Services while paramedic Sarah White of Essex-Windsor EMS received the Emergency Medical Services Award. 911 communicator Cheryl Eastman captured the Meredith McPhee Memorial Award while Const. Mike Akpata of Windsor police won the Sr. Const. John Atkinson Memorial Award.

“It’s kind of ironic I get rewarded for doing something I love to do so much,” Cox explained. “With this group (the Heroes), it’s pure enjoyment, pure enthusiasm. I don’t have to worry about anything. It’s just an escape for me. That’s what it’s evolved into. It’s a group of friends getting together to play basketball. I almost feel guilty taking (the award).”

 

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