On Thursday September 7, 2017, a retirement party was held for Sgt. David Kerr of the Shelburne Police Service. His last day was June 30, 2017, which marked approximately 32 ½ years of policing.
The evening was well attended with Kerr’s co-workers from Shelburne Police past and present, colleagues from other local emergency services, police service board members, family and friends. Current Mayor Ken Bennington and past Mayor Ed Crewson also attended the event.
A highlight of the evening was seeing all three generations of Chiefs of Police that Sgt. Kerr served under in one room: current Chief Kent Moore, and previous chiefs Wayne Squirrell and Carm Lemcke.
The three speakers, Chief Moore, Police Services Board Chairman Len Mikulich, and Shelburne Police Association President Jennifer Roach, all lauded Dave Kerr’s career, character, and service.
“Dave Kerr served our community with courage, resilience, respect, and trustworthiness throughout his career,” said Chief Moore.
Jennifer Roach added, “Sgt. Kerr’s professionalism, knowledge and kindness have earned him the respect of his colleagues as well as the public he served.”
David Kerr spent his entire policing career in Shelburne. During that time he was awarded three medals including the 20 year and 30 year Exemplary Service Medals. In 2006, he was awarded the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery after saving a woman who was physically unfit to escape a house fire in Shelburne.
Everyone at Shelburne Police Service wishes Sgt. Kerr all of the best as he heads into retirement. He will be missed, but has earned this next exciting chapter in his life.
Photo Credit: Shelburne Police