Derek Meinecke loves his grandmas, Shirley Lichtenwald and Luella Meinecke.
“I’m very lucky to have them both with me,” Meinecke said. They remind him of the many victims of elder abuse he has worked to protect in his role as an Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor, where he spent the majority of his career in the special victims unit.
When the Oakland County SAVE Task Force decided to present their first ever Courage Awards to two individuals and two organizations that have taken action to prevent the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adults, the choices of Meinecke and Margaret Vogan were obvious.
SAVE, which is an acronym for Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and/or Elderly, presented Meinecke as the individual Courage to Lead honoree, and Vogan as the individual Courage to Speak Out honoree, at their sixth annual elder abuse awareness event at the Oakland County Commissioners Auditorium on June 22.
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