By Michael J. Carroll, Chief of Police (Retired), West Goshen Township Police Department, West Goshen, Pennsylvania; Immediate Past President, IACP; and Chair, IACP Foundation
or the fifth consecutive year, the board and staff of the IACP Foundation are proud to honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement’s finest by providing continuing education assistance through the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) Scholarship program, which provides scholarship funding for the dependant family members of law enforcement officers fallen or permanently disabled in the line of duty.
It is a privilege for the Foundation, the patrons of its scholarships, and the many donors who support the Foundation’s good work to recognize the following recipients of the following 2011–2012 SELECT Scholarships.
The IACP Foundation ScholarshipAs a result of a significant, anonymous donation, the IACP Foundation offers a scholarship that provides for assistance with tuition and fees in the amount of $2,500 annually to a successful applicant.Ms. Erin Hunter, attending Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.
Erin’s father, Sergeant Gregory Lei Hunter, had served with the Grand Prairie, Texas, Police Department for more than 29 years when he was shot and killed in the line of duty while he and another officer investigated a suspicious vehicle at a local store.
Store employees had called police after noticing that a van had been parked in the parking lot all night long with its engine running. When the first officer arrived, he found all doors locked with no response from anyone inside the van. The officer requested that his supervisor, Sergeant Hunter, respond to the scene, and they made contact with the suspect, who initially gave a false name and became evasive.
The other officer went to the passenger doors to block a possible escape route. At this time, the suspect suddenly opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, fatally wounding Sergeant Hunter. The other officer immediately went around to Sergeant Hunter’s location and called for assistance. The subject then began firing at that officer, striking him twice in areas not protected by his vest. Despite being wounded, the officer was able to return fire and killed the suspect.
Erin is a third-year nursing student working towards her bachelor’s degree, specializing in pediatric cardiology and intensive care. Becoming a nurse is not just a job for her; it is a personal choice she made years ago based on her own experience as a lifelong heart patient. She wants to return the compassion and care that she has received during her many years of treatment to other families.
Erin’s father was the first African American police officer to serve with the Grand Prairie Police Department, and she is proud that he demonstrated the ability to balance a dedication to duty with his commitment to his family as a provider, a father, and a husband. She describes him as a “gentle giant” and a man of great faith, who became an example for her to live confidently and follow her calling.
Chief Dave Cameron Memorial ScholarshipThrough his professionalism, dedication, and personality, Chief Cameron influenced law enforcement throughout his career as well as during his tenure on the IACP Executive Committee. IACP Executive Director Dan Rosenblatt and his wife, Lonie Hassel, chose to demonstrate their support of the IACP Foundation and the SELECT program by permanently endowing this scholarship, which provides a $1,000 award to one recipient annually.
The IACP Foundation is proud to recognize a $10,000 donation by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Foundation to further enhance the Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship. This gift was made in honor of John Clark, former IACP Foundation board member and general director of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, upon his retirement.Michael Brousseau, attending Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota.
Michael’s father, Motor Officer James Brousseau, served with the Los Angeles, California, Police Department for 15 years before retiring as a result of grievous injuries sustained on duty.
Motor Officer Brousseau was responding “code three” to calls of shots fired and needs for officer assistance during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. He was struck from behind at 50 miles per hour while on his motorcycle, sustaining injuries to both of his knees and his lower back. Returning to duty in November 1993, Officer Brousseau was in foot pursuit of an armed robbery suspect and sustained injuries to his hand, shoulder, and lower back as a result of a fall from a barbed fence onto the concrete below.
Returning to duty again, Officer Brousseau was on motor duty and noticed a speeding vehicle. He paced the vehicle at approximately 80 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone, and, while following the vehicle, Officer Brousseau struck a defect in the roadway and was thrown from his bike, striking a concrete roadway divider and landing unconscious in the opposing travel lane. Fortunately, another local officer was nearby and positioned his cruiser in a manner that protected Officer Brousseau. Suffering a head injury and trauma to his cervical spine, his lumbar spine, and his right shoulder, Officer Brousseau underwent surgery and rehabilitation and again returned to duty. Finally, in 1996, Brousseau engaged in a motor pursuit that turned into a foot pursuit, wrestling with a suspect and resulting in the reinjury of his back. The results of Officer Brousseau's multiple injuries continued to worsen and he was forced to retire on permanent disability in July 2002.
“Big Mike” Brousseau is an accomplished sportsman, having excelled in shot put, football, and baseball and receiving numerous awards, recognitions, and most-valuable-player honors. In addition to his physical agility, Mike is an honor roll student and finds time to volunteer through his school service club. Unfortunately, because of his enthusiasm for football, he suffered a knee injury and recently had to decline a nomination to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Mike knows that he has become the person he is today through the support and love of his friends and family and because there was an expectation placed upon him to work hard and succeed. Mike said in his scholarship essay, “I saw in my father strength and what it means to be a leader,” and he has clearly demonstrated both qualities.
Charles and Claire Blauer ScholarshipEndowed by the Blauer family of Blauer Manufacturing Company Incorporated in honor of their parents Charles and Claire Blauer, this scholarship provides a $1,000 award to one recipient annually.Brennan Zotovich, attending Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana.
Melissa Boals-Zotovich served as a Police Officer for the city of Fullerton, California, and, in December 1983, responded to a report of a traffic crash with injuries. Upon her arrival, she observed a one-vehicle crash involving a truck that had collided with a building. This truck was found to contain pesticides. Officer Boals-Zotovich secured the area and requested response from the HAZMAT Team, but she was exposed to the area for several hours while the scene was treated and cleared.
The following evening, Officer Boals-Zotovich fell ill and was diagnosed with pneumonia, from which she recovered and returned to work. One week after returning to her patrol duty, she was dispatched to another HAZMAT scene involving a spill of cyanide. Upon her arrival, she assisted in evacuating the area, which was largely residential. Shortly after this second exposure, Officer Zotovich developed additional lung problems and was again diagnosed with pneumonia.
Over the course of the next five years, Officer Zotovich struggled with recurring, repeated respiratory issues. It was ultimately determined that her illness was the result of the chemical exposures encountered in the line of duty. She was medically retired from the police department on an industrial disability.
Brennan will be attending the prestigious biology premedical program at Rocky Mountain College, helping to fulfill a dream that began for him shortly after high school. He discovered a passion for medicine early in his college career and feels that becoming a doctor will pr ovide a means for him to realize his personal goals of being a good provider, saving lives, and serving his faith.
Brennan says of his mother ’s law enforcement service, “She is strong, powerful, and independent . . . and has taught me discipline and how to be strong. Being a police officer changed my mother ’s life, and it played a part in defining mine.” Brennan is an also an accomplished volleyball player and still finds time to perform volunteer work. ■
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Please cite as:
Michael J. Carroll, "SELECT Scholarship Recipients Proudly Announced for 2011–2012 Academic Year," IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 78 (September 2011): 10.