GREENWICH, Conn. -- A hometown boy who graduated from Greenwich High School has retired after 27 years as a Greenwich Police officer.
David Stewart work as a patrol officer and later in the Marine Section brought praise from his chief, who is also a Greenwich native.
“I have known Dave a long time, and he and I share many commonalities," Chief James Heavey said. "We were both Scouts and Special Police Officers to name just two. People come to police work for different reasons, all of which are valid in their own right. I highly respect Dave’s motivation for becoming a police officer, which was always clear to me; Dave was here to help.”
Stewart was sworn in as a Greenwich Police officer on Aug. 24, 1987. His file reflects numerous department commendations for excellent police work where in his actions exemplified the best tradition of police service, according to Heavey.
As a patrol officer, Stewart was recognized for his teamwork in narcotics investigations, apprehending burglary suspects, and his professionalism during Dignity Protection Details.
Marine Police operations on Long Island Sound are different than land operations in that marine officers rely more on neighboring marine police units than on their own agencies.
While assigned to the Marine Section, he participated in numerous marine rescue operations including ice rescues, sinking boats, and many Mayday calls here in Greenwich and across the Sound.
In August 2005, Stewart was recognized as the Officer of the Month after he and his crew mates, were detailed on a mutual aid call for boat accident in Stamford waters. His quick and decisive actions were credited with saving the victims life.
Stewart’s extensive marine knowledge and dedication resulted in commendations from several federal agencies. He has received commendations from the United States Coast Guard, the US Custom and Border Protection, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Stewart’s performance evaluations from his direct supervisors extol his pride, loyalty, and take charge disposition on the waters of Greenwich, according to Heavey. He has also been recognized by civilians for his work and has received many letters of gratitude.
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