Conservation officers donate toys to Detroit families

Contact: Lt. Todd Szyska, 313-396-6890
Agency: Natural Resources

Dec. 20, 2019

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers that patrol Detroit and the surrounding counties hosted their first “Stuff a Truck.” Conservation officers collected toys at the annual Holiday Stroll event, Dec. 13 on Belle Isle.

All of the toys were donated to the Detroit Sgt. Santa program – an annual holiday program sponsored by WWJ Newsradio 950 and the Detroit Police Department. Conservation officers joined the Detroit Police Department on Wednesday to personally deliver the toys to 50 families – twice the amount of families that received toys in 2018.

“It was an honor to be a part of this program and to help spread some holiday cheer to local families,” said Lt. Todd Szyska. “We want to thank the community for their generosity and donating so many toys to help make a difference for families in Detroit.”

Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve. Conservation officers patrol Belle Isle to ensure the public’s safety and enjoyment of the island.

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Hot chocolate: Conservation Officer Danielle Zubek pours hot chocolate to a child that attended the Dec. 13 Holiday Stroll event on Belle Isle.

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Conservation officers: Conservation officers that patrol in southeast Michigan collected toys to donate to Sgt. Santa - an annual holiday program sponsored by WWJ Newsradio 950 and the Detroit Police Department.

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Maher-Szyska: Conservation Officer Chris Maher and Lt. Todd Szyska pose for a photo with a child. 

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DPD and DNR: Sgt. Santa - an annual holiday program sponsored by WWJ Newsradio 950 and the Detroit Police Department. This is the first year that conservation officers participated in the program.

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Reed: Conservation Officer Breanna Reed poses with a child at the Stuff a Truck event that took place during the Dec. 13 Holiday Stroll on Belle Isle.

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Owens: Sgt. Damon Owens pours hot chocolate for a woman who attended the Dec. 13 Holiday Stroll.