Pat Hill played for the Great Lakes Lawmen and won a title with them at World Series VII. Upon winning the World Championship, Great Lakes third baseman Pat Hill knelt down in prayer and it is this image we chose to use on the 3 inch medallion we chose for the Pat Hill Inspiration Award.
As many of you know, Officer Hill's unit was pursuing a suspected murderer's vehicle and it was boxed in by another police car at the intersection of Linwood and Hooker Street. The murder suspect immediately opened fire on officers from inside the vehicle wounding one officer. Other officers on the scene returned fire, killing the suspect. It is believed that shrapnel from a shotgun pellet fired by another officer struck Officer Hill in the head. Another person in the vehicle attempted to flee on foot but was arrested.
Officer Hill was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. After a very valiant fight, Pat succumbed to his wounds approximately six months later.
Officer Hill had served with the Detroit Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, and sister.
The Pat Hill Inspiration Award will be earned by the teammate on each division's winning team who inspired his team to rise up and earn a world title. In our view, the MVP of the World Series is a great honor, but being the inspiration your team draws it's strength from, is equally important.
We are very excited about this award and think it is a great way to honor one of our own. We feel announcing it on Memorial Day is very fitting as Pat paid the ultimate price while protecting his community. We would like to thank Pat Hill's family for graciously allowing us to present this award and we hope this award will help future recipients understand what kind of man Pat was.