Ogemaw County MSP Sgt. Remembered For Dedication & Friendliness

This longtime Michigan State Police Sergeant is being remembered by the community he spent years serving.

Sergeant Peter McNamara passed away Wednesday morning in his sleep.

He spent 30 years with the Michigan State Police, 19 of them at the West Branch post in Ogemaw County.

Sgt. Peter McNamara was everything you could want in a member of the Michigan State Police; dedicated, approachable and friendly.

“He was a go to person for myself, for the troopers, he was a very genuine person. He means everything to the post, he was the foundation here,” said F/Lt. Chris Luty.

Sgt. McNamara’s career began at the Reed City post in 1988. He was promoted to Sergeant in October of 1999 and moved to the West Branch post where he worked for the last 19 years. Post commander F/Lt. Chris Luty says McNamara was his right hand man.

“Where he really became the foundation of the post was because he had his fingers into our scheduling, he had his fingers into our property room, all of the administrative things that happen in a police agency Sgt. McNamara had experience in, that coupled with the 19 years he had at this post made him that go to person at the post,” said Luty.

Sgt. McNamara was also worked closely with the Ogemaw Heights School District on improving school safety and was Vice President of the elementary school Parent Teacher Organization.

“Sgt. McNamara was just that person you knew you could call and count on whether it was for answers, or resources, or information and because he had the community in his mind, and the safety for everyone and people knew that too, he was a trusted trooper and someone we could count on,” said West Branch Rose City Schools Superintendent Phil Mikulski.

A legacy that now lives on in the countless lives Sgt. McNamara touched while remaining steadfast in his pledge to protect and serve.

“I’m just going to miss him as a person, he was absolutely genuine to the core, he was true, he was real, and you just can’t replace a Pete McNamara,” said Luty.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 until 8 at the Steuernol and McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch.

The funeral will be on Saturday at Noon at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church in West Branch.