2018 Michael Melnyk
Michael is a Virginia Beach native who resides in the Great Neck/Shore Drive area with his beautiful wife, Jennifer and his amazing daughter, Maeson. Michael graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1993. He served as a volunteer with the Plaza Volunteer Rescue Squad in Virginia Beach from 1994-1999 where his love of serving the community started and grew into a desire to make a career out of public service.
Michael answered this calling when he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department in 1999. He worked in The Bayside precinct for 11 years before transferring to the Marine Patrol and Dive Team. Although Michael found the job of his dreams working as an officer on the water, last year he was given the opportunity to attend the FBIʼs Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama. Michael is now a public safety bomb technician assigned to the Police Departments Bomb Squad.
Michaelʼs brother George Melnyk Jr. is a two-time Dancing With the Stars contestant and one of last years big Mirrorball winners. Michael is extremely excited to follow in his brothers “boogie shoes” and to raise money for the Virginia Musical Theater. He would like to give EXTRA special thanks to his dance partner Rebekah Klyukin for her commitment to making him the best dancer he can be as well as her patience in putting up with his long time friend Joe Donahue. Thank you Rebekah!