Citizens Academy Graduation and Award Ceremony
on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m.
The 2017 Wayne County Prosecutor's Citizens Academy is a free seven-week program that seeks to educate and inspire citizens by providing insight into the criminal justice system in Wayne County. It is located at Henry Ford College, Andrew A. Mazzara Conference Center, 5101 Evergreen Road, Building L, Dearborn, MI 48128 in the Forfa Auditorium.
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., the Academy program will conclude with the Alexis Goggins Awards from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a graduation ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and a tour of the Michigan State Police Mobile Crime Laboratory. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy, Chief Judge Pro Tem Timothy M. Kenny, Wayne County Executive Representative Tupac Hunter, Henry Ford College Board Members Fadwa Hammoud, Trustee and Mary Petlichkoff, Secretary, will be in attendance. Members of the press are encouraged to attend.
Alexis Goggins Everyday Hero Award
The Everyday Hero Awards acknowledge ordinary people that show extraordinary courage. Alexis Goggins received the first award in 2008 for her selfless act of bravery shielding her mother from a man firing a handgun in 2007. Her mother was unharmed, but Alexis was shot multiple times and endured several serious operations and survived. Her courage and strength inspired the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to name the Everyday Hero award after her. This year Ms. Katrina Carmichael and Detroit Police Department Sgt. Samuel Mackie are being honored.
2017 Community Award Winner Katrina Carmichael
Katrina Carmichael's life was changed when she was informed that her sister, Michelle Walker, was killed by her estranged husband on May 20, 2003. Ricardo Walker was later convicted of Murder, Second Degree and is currently serving a 27 to 60 year prison sentence. Ms. Carmichael, along with her mother, became the legal guardians of her sister's three minor children. In honor of her sister, Katrina Carmichael started the non-profit organization SADA's House (Sisters Against Domestic Abuse) and wrote a children's book series entitled Maya's Journey to help children of Domestic Violence.
Since SADA's House was created, Ms. Carmichael has assisted many victims of domestic violence. For the last four years, the organization has partnered with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Domestic Violence Unit to provide Christmas for the family of a domestic violence victim. As a result of Ms. Carmichael's continued dedication to giving back to others and enriching their lives, she is receiving the 2017 Everyday Hero Community Award.
2017 Service Award Winner Sgt. Sam Mackie
Sgt. Samuel Mackie is the team leader for the Detroit Police Department Homicide Team One. Despite his responsibility in that position, he is invested in making sure all Wayne County child homicide cases are properly investigated. He assists less-experienced Detroit Police Child Abuse Unit officers. Sgt. Mackie has also assisted other jurisdictions in investigating child homicide cases.
Sgt. Mackie's dedication to children has also proven to be invaluable to child witnesses in homicide cases. He has demonstrated the knowledge, experience, and temperament required to do this emotionally wrenching job. As a result of his continued dedication to helping victims of domestic homicide, Sgt. Samuel Mackie is receiving the 2017 Everyday Hero Service Award.