GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The public safety department's newest officer is working even when he's not.
Justin Reeves, a triple-trained policeman, firefighter and paramedic formerly of the Harper Woods police department, was sworn in at the Aug. 21 Shores council meeting.
"To let you know what kind of officer we've hired, on Aug. 18, after Justin finished his night shift and was on his way home, he observed a reckless driver rear-end a semi-trailer on I-94 just ahead of him," said Grosse Pointe Shores Chief John Schulte.
Reeves tended to the injured and "uncooperative" driver before emergency personnel arrived, Schulte said.
"As he treated the driver's wounds, the vehicle burst into flames," Schulte said.
Reeves used the semi's fire extinguisher to put flames under control.
Reeves rendered police, fire and EMS assistance all in one.
"We are very proud of his actions," Schulte said.
Reeves is married to an elementary school teacher. They have three sons.
Reeves is the second officer hired this month.
He joins the department as one of its veteran officers, Lt. David Younk, retires.
"When a gentleman like David Younk retires, the department loses a tremendous amount of experience," Schulte said.
Younk worked for the Shores since 1982. At the council meeting, he received his retirement badge.
"Thank you, Dave, for giving us all these fine years of exemplary service to the community," said Mayor Ted Kedzierski.
"Thanks, everyone," Younk said.
He worked three years as a dispatcher until becoming a public safety officer in 1986. In 1995, he was promoted in quick succession to sergeant and lieutenant.
Younk served on the Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods special response team and was the Shores principal firearms instructor, training officer and more.
"On his off days, Dave taught at the Macomb Police Academy for 23 years," Schulte said. "Dave plans to continue with the next academy that starts in October."
Younk, married 21 years and father of two sons, accepted the job as head coach of the Richmond High School freshman football team.