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MARQUETTE, MI - The Marquette County Law Enforcement Administrator's Association (MCLEAA) will present the Police Officer of the Year Award for 2016.
The officer named is Captain David Lemire of the Marquette County Sheriff's Office. The presentation will take place this Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Charcoal Room of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.
The following is a statement on Capt. Lemire from the Marquette County Sheriff's Office.
Capt. David Lemire was born and raised in Marquette. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army where he served from 1981 through 1991. During that time, he served as an Investigator with the Military Police Corps, Team Leader for Crimes Against Persons, Traffic Accident Investigator, Squad Leader and Patrol Supervisor. Capt. Lemire attended Central Texas College where he earned an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement Technology and graduated with honors. In 1992, he attended the Delta College Basic Police Academy. He also served with the Michigan Army National Guard for 10 years before retiring in 2001.
In 1992, Capt. Lemire was hired as a part-time Deputy in the Sheriff's Marine Division and also worked part-time at the Chocolay Township Police Department. In September of the same year, he was hired full-time in the Patrol Division with the Sheriff's Office. In 1999, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Road Patrol Division. In 2001, he was upgraded to the rank of Captain while also supervising Special Operations and Rescue Unit 131. He also served in special assignments as a member of the UPSET team and as a diver in the Sheriff's Office Dive Team.
Throughout his career, Capt. Lemire has received many awards and special recognition. Some of which include: Life Saving Citation from Sheriff Maino for the rescue of two persons on a capsized boat on Lake Independence, Award for Exemplary Performance and Professionalism from the Michigan Army National Guard for providing assistance during a helicopter crash, Award for Professional Excellence from the Michigan State Police for the same incident, and Outstanding Instructor at the NMU Regional Police Academy (2002 and 2010).
Capt. Lemire has had a long successful career with the Marquette County Sheriff's Office, but his impact on the law enforcement community does not end there. He has been involved with leading and educating law enforcement officers from their earliest days as an instructor at the NMU Regional Police Academy for 15 years. He has participated on Drunk Driving Impact Panels and Drug Education Panels to educate students and citizens.
It is clear that he has also positively impacted the citizens of Marquette County and fellow law enforcement officers. He has received countless letters of appreciation from citizens thanking him for his comfort and kind words in the death of a family member or at the scene of a traffic crash. Most recently, June 11, 2016, Capt. Lemire assisted at the scene of the drownings at Little Presque. His kindness and compassion with the citizens of Marquette County and the law enforcement officers that he serves with/ supervises over the past 25 years is what makes him an excellent selection for the 2016 Officer of the Year. David began as an outstanding deputy and became an outstanding supervisor and leader, always leading by example.
Capt. Lemire will be retiring on April 30, 2017 with 25 years of service to the citizens of Marquette County.