If you are a reader of this blog you’ll know that we are going through a period of change. Long time officers are retiring and new careers are starting. Today we said good bye to Officer Liam Starrs after 24 years of service to this community. If you have been around our community or if you have attended the Palace you’ve met Officer Starrs. He is a big guy with a big heart.
His co workers today told funny stories about him and touching stories about how he was always the first guy to help out if they needed something. He helped build decks and fix whatever. He was one of the first to volunteer to do set up for National Night Out. For many years, he worked afternoon shift and couldn’t be part of the event because someone has to run calls. So he would come in early and help set up. They also talked about how much they admired him and his personal values about the rights and wrongs of life. Personally, I knew Liam as a guy always with a big smile. He has a joke for every occasion and teased everyone. He was a prolific traffic enforcement guy and every now and then someone would be unhappy about receiving a ticket from Officer Starrs. So we would go back and look at the dashcam video of the stop and listen to the recording of Officer Starrs as he explained the ticket and situation to the driver. His judgement was sound and he made good decisions about who was at fault for a crash. He was invariably polite and sort of matter of fact as he went about his business. We could always count on Liam to give us a complete day’s work for a day’s pay. It was a fair bargain. He said to me that he really enjoyed being a police officer and being in Auburn Hills but he knew it was time to go. Cops get older but the bad guys never do.
Good luck, Liam. Whatever your next life is, I know you’ll do it just as well as you did this one.