Lemire takes Officer of the Year award

Capt. David Lemire of the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, right, receives the Police Officer of the Year Award from Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt in ceremonies held earlier this week on the campus of Northern Michigan University. The annual award is given by the Marquette County Law Enforcement Administrators Association. (Courtesy photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story, which originally ran in Tuesday’s edition of The Mining Journal on page 3A, contained a typo. This story has been updated to reflect that Capt. David Lemire was hired full-time in the Patrol Division with the Sheriff’s Office in September 1992.

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Law Enforcement Administrators Association on Wednesday presented the Police Officer of the Year Award for 2016 to Capt. David Lemire of the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office in the Charcoal Room of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

Lemire was born and raised in Marquette. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1981 through 1991.

During that time, he was an investigator with the Military Police Corps, a team leader for Crimes Against Persons, a traffic accident investigator, a squad leader and a patrol supervisor.

Lemire attended Central Texas College where he earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement technology, graduating with honors. In 1992, he attended the Delta College Basic Police Academy. He also served with the Michigan Army National Guard for 10 years, retiring in 2001.

In 1992, Lemire was hired as a part-time deputy in the Sheriff’s Marine Division and also worked part-time with the Chocolay Township Police Department.

In September of that year, he was hired full-time in the Patrol Division with the Sheriff’s Office.

He was promoted to lieutenant of the Road Patrol Division in 1999, and in 2001, was upgraded to the rank of captain, supervising Special Operations and Rescue Unit 131.

He also served in special assignments as a member of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and as a diver in the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

Throughout his career, Lemire has received many awards and special recognition. These include: a life-saving citation for the rescue of two persons on a capsized boat on Lake Independence in Big Bay, the Award for Exemplary Performance and Professionalism from the Michigan Army National Guard for providing assistance during a helicopter crash, the Award for Professional Excellence from the Michigan State Police for the same incident and the Outstanding Instructor at the NMU Regional Police Academy in 2002 and 2010.

Lemire has had a long, successful career with the sheriff’s office, but he also has been involved for 15 years with leading and educating law enforcement officers from their earliest days as an instructor at the NMU Regional Police Academy.

He has participated on Drunk Driving Impact Panels and Drug Education Panels to educate students and citizens.

Lemire has received countless letters of appreciation from citizens thanking him for his comfort and kind words in the death of a family member at the scene of a traffic crash. Last June 11, Lemire assisted at the scene of the drownings at Little Presque Isle.

He will retire April 30.