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Feb. 5, 2007

Presidential recognition

HL Mayor Richard Lammers received recognition from President Bush

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

At his retirement party for serving 27 years at the Buffalo Police Department, the new mayor of Howard Lake, Richard Lammers, received the surprise of a lifetime.

Unbeknownst to Lammers, a co-worker, Rachel Pearson, had written a letter of recommendation to Senator Mark Kennedy that detailed Lammers’ distinguished career at the police department, and requested that the recognition could be passed along to President George W. Bush.

Pearson made sure that Lammers wouldn’t see the letters of recognition until the night of the retirement party by leaving instructions that any return correspondence go through her.

When Lammers’ co-workers presented not only the letter from Kennedy, but also the letter from President Bush, he said, “I was at a loss for words.”

“I was in the military and President Bush is the Commander in Chief. He may not be very popular right now, but I’m still very, very honored,” Lammers said.

Part of the letter from the White House states, “America’s law enforcement officers are among our greatest heroes. By enforcing our laws and bringing criminals to justice, you have helped to ensure the safety of our citizens and our neighborhoods.”

Professional background

After graduating Howard Lake High School in 1974, Lammers entered the US Army’s Military Police Corps.

“The week after I turned 18, I went into the military police. I served for four years, mostly overseas in Germany,” Lammers said.

Upon entering into local police work, Lammers briefly worked for the Big Lake Police Department before beginning his long-time career at Buffalo in 1980.

For 10 years on National Law Enforcement Day, Lammers served in the Stand and Honor Guard memorial at the International Airport. The memorial is a tribute to all law enforcement officers in Minnesota who have died in the line of duty.

In 1998, Lammers was elected president of the Hennepin County Chiefs of Police Advisory Council.

From 2000 – 2002, he was the American Legion Commander in Buffalo.

Lammers was also a member of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board, as well as an HLWW representative on the Wright Technical Center governing board.

Lammers was a crime investigator for 10 years at the police department. In 2003, Lammers received the Minnesota Sex Crime Investigator of the Year Award for work that led to the imprisonment of a man who had a wide background of sexual assaults.

Future plans

Even though Lammers is officially retired, he will remain busy through his new job as mayor of Howard Lake, along with working part-time for Peterson and Chilson funeral homes.

At the funeral homes, Lammers primarily works as a service attendant, which he finds rewarding because he can comfort those who are going through crisis.

“I’m not completely out of service, I’m still serving, so-to-speak,” Lammers said.


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