Saginaw Township honoring those who put their lives on the line

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SAGINAW TWP (WJRT) (5/14/2019) - Saginaw Township is commending officers on their bravery from around mid-Michigan.

They're also honoring those who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe.

Officer Jeff Koenig and the men who stopped the man that shot him were many of those recognized Tuesday night.

Officers from around Saginaw County march together along Shattuck Rd to the Township's office.

These brothers and sisters in blue took a moment to remember all those who've lost their lives in the line of duty.

Saginaw Township Officer Jeff Koenig stands with them.

Koenig almost died after he was shot pulling Rosebush over during a routine traffic stop early this year.

"Officer Koenig did what he has done thousands of times of before his sworn duty to protect and serve," Saginaw Township Lt John Pelkki said.

Police say Joshua Rosebush shot twice at their brother in blue and one hit Koenig in his jaw.

Chief Donald Pussehl says he feels fortunate to have Koenig around.

"It's great for everyone to see him and talk to him and to catch up on how he's doing and find out how is progress is being made," Pussehl said.

Koenig received an award for his bravery for not only surviving but letting first responders know about who to look out for after being shot.

"Officer Koenig stayed in the fight and did not succumb to being shot twice," Pelkki said.

Several others were honored for saving Koenig's life and for the capture of Rosebush in Shiawassee County.

One officer says Koenig is the real hero.

"I am here to honor him (Koenig) and respect the things he's went through...I said it before that anyone in the county or in the state would have done the same thing any of the officers did that night to help out Jeff," Saginaw Valley State University Officer Ryan Persails said.

He says he feels appreciative by all the support he's received.