Grass Valley Police Captain Dave Remillard was given a ride home yesterday his final day as a Grass Valley Police Captain. He accepted early retirement from the city of Grass Valley in order to save the Captain position of Rex Marks who would have been laid off today due to budget cuts in the city. Chief Foster was with more than a dozen patrol vehicles from various Law Enforcement departments around the county at the intersection of South Auburn Street and McKnight to pay their respects to the Captain as he drove by.
“Well, today many people have come in on their days off to give Captain Remillard an end of shift salute and wish him success by lining up their vehicles and coming in in uniform. We agencies out here from all law enforcement in Nevada County and it’s quite an honor to have them participate in this very short event.”
The department gave their retiring Captain a send off with a luncheon earlier in the day and at the end of his shift dozens of officers in uniform, community members and citizens stood in the sleet as he was headed home with patrol car lights flashing, officers saluting and community members cheered their respect and admiration for the Captain who dedicated 30 years to law enforcement.
Officer Zack Lefarrier who was driving the patrol car taking Remillard home called the captain a true mentor.
“He’s just a good guy who’s going to be missed, a good mentor and a great captain. Today is a special day to remember for all his years of service.”
For those who left early, they missed Captain Remillard’s return to the area where he got out of the vehicle and shook hands with those still in attendance, thanking them for coming out and waving to those who honked horns and waved to him one more time.