Wyoming officer wounded in 2015 honored as Officer of the Year

Posted at 9:15 AM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 13:39:08-05

WYOMING, Mich. – The Wyoming police officer who was wounded in the line of duty last January was honored Thursday night at the department’s annual awards ceremony.

Frank Hartuniewicz was wounded by a domestic violence suspect on January 29, 2015 in the 200 block of Himes Street SE. Thursday night he was presented with the law enforcement purple heart and was named Wyoming Officer of the Year.

Officer Frank Hartuniewicz

Officer Frank Hartuniewicz

Hartuniewicz has since retired from the police force.  He had worked for Wyoming Police for 15 years.

13 other officers, including a Kentwood officer, were honored for their response to the situation on Himes Street where Alan James came out firing at police officers after they responded to a call of a domestic situation.  James was shot by police in the incident and died nine days later. The Kent County Prosecutor cleared officers in the shooting, saying they were acting in self defense.