On behalf of the Village of Pioneer, Mayor Ed Kidston, the Pioneer Village Council, and Chief of Police Tim Livengood representing the Pioneer Police Department, retiring Officer Terry Bartel was recognized for his many years of service. Bartel, who has served for the past 41 years in Pioneer and other small towns, was presented a plaque during the January 13 council meeting for all of his efforts and hard work. He also received a retired officer badge.
The Pioneer Police Department shared the following: “Retired Officer Bartel began his career in 1971 with the Village of Genoa Police Department in Ottawa County. For the next 41 years, Officer Bartel served with various law enforcement agencies, before joining the Pioneer Police Department in 2009.
Officer Bartel has been an asset to the Pioneer Police Department and it was an honor for Mayor Kidston and Chief Livengood to present him with his badge and certificate.
However, as the old saying goes, you can’t keep a good man down! Retired Officer Bartel will still do a tremendous job representing the Pioneer Police Department as he will assist with various activities, such as the Pioneer summer festival and the holiday tradition, Shop-With-A-Cop.”
Livengood was generous with his praise for Bartel, who shared that he was not about to sit about quietly, and would still be a presence in the community by staying active and by continuing to serve in one aspect or another.
Bartel had made an impact on the community, and many people that he knew were quick to offer their congratulations and well wishes on the Department’s Facebook page with such comments as, “Impressive career. Enjoy your retirement,” and “Congratulations Terry. That is a lot of years in law enforcement.”
The final comment reflected that which most individuals strive to achieve: “…. you have made a difference!” That is high praise indeed for a man who has made such a deep impression on the citizens of Pioneer in only four short years.
Congratulations, Officer Bartel. May you enjoy your retirement with the same kind of dedication and gusto with which you served as a police officer.