We Are Happy to Have Him Back

Officer Mikolajczak

Officer Mikolajczak

Back in December one of our officers, Martin Mikolajczak was hit by a car while investigating a crash on icy roads.  He was struck by a car that went out of control on the icy bridge on South Boulevard over I-75.  He said he had the door open and was partially out of the vehicle when he was hit by the careening car.  The driver later said it was not his fault, he was traveling the speed limit.  I don’t think he took into account the icy nature of the roads that day to adjust his speed and driving accordingly.   As a result of the crash he was charged with committing a civil infraction causing serious injury.  Martin was seriously injured.  I responded to the hospital as did many of our officers and command officers.  It is difficult to see one of our own so seriously injured.  We know this is a dangerous job and we are again reminded when something like this happens.  One of the leading causes of injury and death among police officers is roadway crashes and we know it.  We train around that topic and we enforce the rules and laws on ourselves in our efforts to reduce the chance of injury or worse.  The next few months were difficult for he and his family but police are a group that helps their own.  Officers set up a schedule of who was driving him to his appointments, who was providing meal service, who was doing household chores, who was plowing his driveway.  Being a newer officer, Martin wasn’t sure about accepting that much help.  Now he realizes that it is part of police culture and when this happens to someone else I know he’ll be first in line to pay it forward.  He had some surgery and therapy and I’m happy to report that he is back in a light duty capacity working inside the building.  He is expecting (hoping) to be back on full duty at the end of the month.  He looks great and is back to his friendly and capable police officer self.  I saw him the other day taking a report in the lobby.  As a Polish immigrant he speaks a couple of languages.  The person giving the report was very animated and seemed very pleased to be able to talk with him in her native language.  I think it must be reassuring to people for whom English is not their native language to be able to express themselves to a police officer more completely in a language with which they are familiar.  Martin can do that. Every now and then someone asks me how he is doing and so now you can see for yourselves.Officer Hit By Car