GRPD’s oldest retiree dies at the age of 95

GRPD: Retired Sgt. Vincent Vicarie died Tuesday

GRPD, Sgt. Vincent Vicarie
A file image of Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. Vincent Vicarie provided by GRPD.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Police Department says its oldest retiree has died.

In a Thursday release, GRPD said retired Sgt. Vincent Vicarie died Tuesday. He was 95.

GRPD says Vicarie started his career as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, where he served in the European Theater during World War II. He joined GRPD 1948, but was called back to the Army during the war in Korea. He stayed in the U.S., training military police officers between 1950 and 1952.

When he returned to GRPD, he worked in the Vice Squad, as an ambulance driver and as the water safety director at Camp O’Malley, an area youth camp. Vicarie finished his career as a detective sergeant in the Detective Bureau.

He retired on March 13, 1979.

Vicarie was remembered for his dedication to service — and though he had lived in Michigan for many years, he never lost his New York accent. GRPD thanked Vicarie for his service to his country and community.

Funeral arrangements may be found at Vicarie’s online obituary.

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