LaBarge To Replace Wood As Watertown PD Lieutenant
Watertown police Lt. Richard Wood is retiring next week.
To replace him, city officials have promoted 15-year veteran Michael LaBarge to the lieutenant position.
Wood's retirement is effective March 25, the same day LaBarge will take over.
Wood has served the city for 22 years, five of which were as as a community policing officer.
He received the Officer of the Year Award in 2001, the Meritorious Service Award in 1994 for a structure fire on State Street and the Life Saving Award in 2006 for rescuing teenagers from the Black River behind Jefferson Community College.
He is also credited with mentoring several Watertown police officers as they moved through department ranks.
LaBarge has been with the department since 1998.
He is certified in crisis negotiation and served as an instructor for the Police Academy.
LaBarge was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and also served as an administrative sergeant.
He received an Honorable Service Award for responding to an armed robbery and car-jacking standoff and the Life Saving Award for a structure fire on Coffeen Street.
Sunday, July 31, 2016, Watertown, NY
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