Shepherd Police Chief Honored As Hometown Hero

A Northern Michigan police chief was honored for his service in the community.

Wednesday Night, Shepherd Police Chief Luke Sawyer was honored as the Hometown Hero by nonprofit, Modern Woodmen of America.

Chief Sawyer has been the police chief in Shepherd for nearly two years.

“We appreciate your contributions to our community, you are truly a hometown hero, so thank you,” says Gail Woodruff of Modern Woodmen of America.

Each year Modern Woodmen of America gives back to the community and picks a local hero to honor.

This year they chose Chief Luke Sawyer for his police work in the community.

“Chief Sawyer is involved in so many organizations. There’s a women’s self-defense seminar, the chief is involved with secret Santa, stuff the office for the foster closets,” says Woodruff.

Chief Sawyer received a certificate, along with $100 to donate to a charity of his choice. He picked the Michigan Officers Memorial Monument Fund.

“It’s nice to be honored as a hometown hero, but as I said, my parents are my hero’s, teachers are my heroes, people that serve in the armed forces are my heroes, but it’s a good honor to get named that,” says Chief Sawyer.

Many of Chief Sawyer’s family and friends came out to celebrate him.

They tell us there’s no one more deserving.

“His actions are speaking so much louder than his words. Every morning he’s at the buses watching kids, talking to kids and establishing that presence where police aren’t just the bad guys, but police are here, the good guys and they are here to protect you, here to do good things for you,” says Jay Gross, friend of Chief  Sawyer.

Woodruff added, “we just should have many more like him in the community.”

“I love being a police officer, I can’t see myself doing anything else, and having the ability to help people and to make difference,” says Chief Sawyer.