Lynn Haven Police Chief retires after 38 years of service

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LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A touching sendoff marked the final call for Lynn Haven's Police Chief Matt Riemer.

"It's been fun. It's been an enjoyable career. The City of Lynn Haven has always treated me good," said Riemer.

In 1981, Riemer started his life of duty with the Lynn Haven Fire Department.

"I did 15 years in the fire service and the last several years in the police department," said Riemer.

He worked his way up and served as fire chief for more than two years.

"It's just... I love the City of Lynn Haven, I love the Fire and Police Department and it was fun to try to help and grow the departments," said Riemer.

"Just his excitement and his enthusiasm of being a police officer was always kinda exciting to see because he's a man who was a fire chief and now he's a police officer, and he's giving it 110 percent every time," said Administrative Lieutenant Brian Blalock.

When Hurricane Michael hit, 110 percent of his dedication to protecting and serving showed.

"I knew we couldn't get out to help the people or get help to come in and assist us until we got the roads cleared, so I did borrow a tractor for several hours and help move trees out of the road," said Riemer.

Even though the police station was destroyed, Riemer didn't stop serving the people of Lynn Haven.

"That's what public safety is all about, is service to the community. It's helping your fellow man. And that's a way that I could do something right then," said Riemer.

Now his colleagues say his legacy will live on.

"It's a bittersweet day for him. We congratulate him in his retirement, but it's also sad to see him go," said Deputy Chief Ricky Ramie.

"He's been a very kind and caring Chief and also not just for us, for the citizens and the community we work in," said Blalock.

His officers wanted to give Riemer a goodbye he wouldn't forget. A fleet of patrol cars, officers, and city staff escorted him home as he made his final call.

"Ten-eighty-seven. It's been my honor to work with you. You guys stay safe," was the Chief's final message.

For now, Deputy Chief Ricky Ramie will step into the role of Acting Chief for the Lynn Haven Police Department.