Buy a Brick, Honor a Hero

The Oakland Community College Foundation is taking orders for this year’s “buy a brick” campaign.

Launched in 2002, the campaign allows OCC employees and the public to honor the heroes in their lives at OCC’s Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) center. CREST is the Midwest’s largest emergency training facility and is located on the college’s campus in Auburn Hills.

Individuals may buy a brick with three or six lines of engraved text to pay tribute to loved ones. Engraved bricks are $100 for a small one and $250 for a large one. The bricks are displayed on a “Path of Honor” leading up to the CREST site main entrance.

With each brick order, contributors receive a keepsake miniature replica of the brick. “These tributes honor our heroes,” said OCC Foundation Executive Director Kathryn Rusak. “You may honor a friend or relative, or someone who serves or has served as a member of a law enforcement, fire or EMT organization.”

To buy a brick, call Julie Burley at (248) 341-2137 or visit the “Buy a Brick” website.

Written by Margarita Bauza Wagerson. For story ideas or feedback, email


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