I was honored to join Congressman Mike Bishop in recognizing a local act of heroism by Howell resident Michael Rodriguez. Last July, Michael rescued a man from a sinking car that he witnessed veering into a 9-foot-deep pond when the driver experienced a medical problem. Despite viewing himself as a poor swimmer, Michael courageously swam underwater to rescue the driver and return him to safety with no injuries. For his bravery, Michael was awarded the Carnegie Medal, which is given to a select few who show extraordinary courage in risking their lives to save others. Michael is an example of a true hero, and we are proud to have him in our community.
Summer in Michigan has finally arrived, and with it come many great events and activities throughout our community. While you are enjoying these opportunities, please be careful of spending too much time in the heat. Pay close attention to any weather advisories, and be sure to stay cool. Contact the Livingston County Health Department with any concerns or questions on how to stay safe at (517) 546-9850.
This is also the time of year for farmers markets, and I encourage you to take advantage of those provided throughout Livingston County. They offer tremendous local products and are a great way to interact with the community. I have been able to visit several so far this year, and it is always a fun time. You can find them at the following times and locations:
- Hartland: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rural King parking lot; and
- Howell: Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on State and Clinton streets.
Congratulations to all involved in the planning and execution of the various Fourth of July festivities across the district. They were a great success! I enjoyed having the chance to speak with so many people throughout the day and to celebrate our country together as a community.
Due to pre-existing commitments, I unfortunately will be unable to host coffee hours this month. I have faithfully hosted coffee hours in district since taking office, and I will happily continue to do so in the future. They are a great way to hear your thoughts and concerns, so it is with regret I have to cancel them for July. However, I look forward to having them once again in August and hope you will join me then! In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or thoughts.
If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel (second from right) joins Congressman Mike Bishop (third from right), Carnegie Hero Fund Commission President Eric Zahren (third from left), and members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in recognizing Michael Rodriguez (center).