Ojibway Correction Officer Mickey Stachowicz was honored with the Michigan Department of Corrections valor award in ceremonies held at the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marensico on Aug. 2. Picture, from left, are OCF Deputy Warden Dan Quigley, Acting RPA Michael Curley, MDOC Director Daniel Heyns, Stachowicz, and the Stachowicz family, granddaughter Molly Jackman (in front), wife Beverly Stachowicz, daughter Kelly Jackson holding his granddaughter Mya Jackman and Master Sgt. Norman Stachowicz. (Ojibway Correctional Facility photo)
MARENISCO—Mickey Stachowicz, a corrections officer at the Ojibway Correctional Facility here, was recently presented with the Michigan Department of Corrections valor award for his role in the arrest and conviction in a murder case in Iron County.
Stachowicz observed a strange car on his property and noticed an individual coming from the direction of an elderly neighbor’s home.
He spoke with the individual and documented information from the confrontation.
The next day, his elderly neighbor did not attend a trial at which she was scheduled to testify. Police found the woman deceased in her home, the victim of an apparent murder.
Stachowicz worked diligently with police to identify the stranger he saw on his property and was a key witness in the subsequent murder trial.
A jury found the defendant guilty of open murder, felony murder, home invasion and witness intimidation in regards to the death of Mickey’s elderly neighbor.
Michigan Department of Corrections Director Daniel Heyns and Acting Regional Prison Administrator Michael Curley were at Ojibway Aug. 2 to present the valor award to Stachowicz.
During the ceremony Director Heyns told Mickey, “Your behavior throughout the event was exemplary and demonstrated an outstanding level of professionalism and bravery.”
The ceremony was attended by many Ojibway staff members, as well as, Stachowicz’s family, including his wife Beverly, daughter Kelly Jackman, granddaughters Mya and Molly Jackman, and son Master Sgt. Norman Stachowicz, U.S. Air Force, stationed in California at the Vanderberg Air Force Base, who was able to get leave for the event.
Mickey’s other son, Master Sgt. James Stachowicz, U.S. Army, stationed in New York at Fort Drum Army Base, was unable to make it home for the event.