Just before Christmas this past year Burton Police Officer Dalton Christie became a statistic in law enforcement by being shot in the line of duty. While on the road to recovery Christie has received a very big honor for one of the area's biggest summer events.

The Back to the Brick organization announced Friday, July 1st, that Officer Christie will serve as the Grand Marshal for this year's event. The Back to the Bricks Executive Committee traditionally honors someone that works hard, gives back, does their best to make a difference, and is proud of where he works and where he lives as their selection. Christie, one of two officers shot that fateful day last year completely fits the bill.

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As part of the distinguished honor, Officer Dalton will take part in the Ribbon Cutting at Factory One in Flint at 4 pm on August 17, 2022, which will be followed by a Rolling Cruise from Factory One to Grand Blanc High School. Once at the home of the Bobcats, Christie will be greeted by the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce at their “Roll on In” event.

Officer Dalton will also be at the Saturday Main Event Opening Ceremony as a Special Guest, on August 20th at 10 am near the GM Statue Plaza in Downtown Flint on Saginaw Street.

Officer Christie, humbled by the news, commented on the honor saying,

 “We really don’t want the spotlight or recognition but I’m proud to represent all officers and their dedication to their duty."

As he continues with his recovery, Officer Chrisite is still focusing on the career he's dedicated his life to. He is currently working on his master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is set on being back to work full time soon, something City of Burton Police Chief Brian Ross looks forward to.

“I am so proud of our department and Officer Dalton. What he and Brandon, the other officer involved, went through is life-altering.” Ross said while also giving praise to the Sheriff’s department and the surrounding Police departments, and local agencies for all their help, and continued support.

Congratulations Officer Dalton Christie on a well-deserved honor.

You can check out all the Back to the Bricks news and event schedules here. 

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