The ceremony remembers those dedicated individuals who served as first responders or lost their lives on 9/11 by recognizing servicemen and women in our local communities.
“Sept. 11 is a time to reflect on those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities,“ Lilly said. “I’m honored to host Director Hawke and Sgt. Koster and commemorate their service to Ottawa County. The courage and sacrifice they embody on a daily basis is appreciated. “
Hawke has served in law enforcement across Michigan for more than 30 years. He acted in a number of capacities in Cadillac, including director of public safety, school liaison officer and dog handler. Hawke assumed his current role in Grand Haven in 2012.
Koster has served the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office for more than 23 years. His career has ranged from community policing sergeant, road patrol sergeant and undercover deputy. Koster currently acts as the department’s training sergeant and oversees the reserve unit.