Honoring Rick Nemick in City Council
Posted by Councilmember Englander on November 10, 2017 at 11:33 AM
This week, I joined the California Emergency Response Team and LAPD Devonshire Division to honor one of our City's unsung heroes and congratulate him on his retirement.
Rick Nemick devoted over 38 years of volunteer service to the California Emergency Mobile Patrol (CEMP) Search and Rescue. CEMP was founded nearly 55 years ago as a volunteer organization dedicated to emergency responders. They continually provide critical assistance for those in need and their services include search and rescue, safety and search lighting operations, stand-by medical, arson watch, K9 search and tracking, evacuation support, and disaster response.
Since joining at the age of 21 and over a lifetime of service, Rick gained the respect and admiration of countless sworn officers from the rookies to the highest ranks. His tenure included serving on the Board of Directors in many roles - including eight years as the team’s Operations Officer, one of the most critical positions on the team, where he was instrumental in effecting the vehicle conversions to mission ready status. He used his mechanical expertise to keep all vehicles operational while on a shoestring budget, often repairing vehicles other departments were ready to retire.
In addition to routine searches, countless brush fires, valley floods, crime scenes and fatality traffic collisions throughout Los Angeles, Rick worked the 1984 Olympics, the Pope’s visit in 1987, the LA Riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the Chatsworth Metrolink crash, and the Shepherd of the Hills Annual 4th of July celebration.
Rick’s contributions made CEMP what it is today and his absence will be felt for years to come. As an expression of gratitude and appreciation, CEMP and LAPD Devonshire will be retiring his CEMP number, SR34, into an honored place in the CEMP Hall of Fame.
We thank Rick for his institutional knowledge and the thousands of hours of devoted, loyal, and invaluable service to the California Emergency Mobile Patrol, LAPD Devonshire Division, and our San Fernando Valley community. Without exaggeration, there are few who have done so much for our city and asked so little in return. We wish him congratulations on his retirement!
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