BATAVIA — He retired April 30, leaving behind a career of almost 30 years with the City of Batavia, mostly as a police officer, but Darryle Streeter came back to City Hall this week to be honored for his work.
The City Council honored Streeter with a proclamation during Monday’s business meeting. He started Nov. 17, 1991 as a dispatcher and was hired as a police officer nearly five years later, in September 1996. The former officer earned commendations for excellence in DWI enforcement, response to critical incidents and for his bravery and selflessness, Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. read from the proclamation.
“Officer Streeter has been a mentor and role model to young officers and took every opportunity to help them develop,” Jankowski read. “Now, therefore, in true spirit of appreciation for almost 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Batavia, the City Council does hereby make this proclamation to sincerely thank Officer Streeter for his dedicated service to our community and wish him well in your retirement.”
During his career, Streeter was involved with different programs within the City of Batavia Police Department. He was a field training officer, Emergency Response Team member and part of the local drug task force. He was also involved in commercial motor vehicle enforcement and was officer in charge.
After accepting the proclamation, Streeter then said a few words.
“I want to thank Geno (Jankowski) for your words, thank the Council for presenting me with this proclamation tonight,” he said. “It’s been a long career. It’s had its ups and its downs, but, for the most part, I’ve had joy and pride. I’ve been thrilled to work for the City of Batavia, been thrilled to work with all the employees, whether it’s the fire department, DPW, you name it, throughout the years. Also, to the men and women of the police department, my brothers in blue, my sisters in blue, dispatchers, it’s just been amazing.
“I’m going to miss it, definitely will, but it’s time to get off that ride and start something else,” Streeter concluded. “I’m excited to move forward, but I appreciate it. Thank you very much.”
Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said Tuesday recalled an incident that happened early one morning.
“Most memorable to me was when Darryle, while on patrol one night, came across a vehicle in a local parking lot that contained a missing vulnerable adult. Darryle was on patrol at about 1:24 a.m. and located a vehicle with the elderly subject inside. The person had been reported missing the prior day from out of town,” Heubusch said. “The person was unresponsive and Darryle quickly summoned EMS to assist. Due to Darryle’s observation and curiosity, he located a person that had been missing for some time and was in need of medical attention.”
The police chief said Streeter was an outstanding officer that took his job to protect the community sincerely.
“He excelled in commercial motor vehicle enforcement and DWI enforcement in his earlier years. Darryle was known to have a smile and a good joke, was always willing to lend a hand and help the younger officers out,” Heubusch said.