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About David: In 1968, while still living with parents, he built a sunfish type sailboat. (Basement was a total catastrophe.) After graduation, David drove a delivery truck for a small bedding factory in Detroit. A grade school friend's older brother who worked as a detective for the Detroit Police Department steered David toward a career in law enforcement. Straight from the academy, in 1970 he joined DPD, and was assigned to the Tenth Precinct at Livernois & Elmhurst. For ten years he rotated shifts every month in the "Uniform Patrol" division. For the final three years he served as an administrator for two mini-stations in the Fourth Precinct; one across from Zug Island in Delray, and the other at Vernor & Central in southwest Detroit. He did some patrol and enforcement, but this operation was primarily designed for Crime Prevention.

Talks and surveys for both business owners and homeowners filled the weekly schedule; patrols were to find likely resolutions to problems brought out at meetings and surveys. In 1983, he resigned from the Department over residency rules. David has many good memories of this very unique career and the people with whom he worked. Police work puts the best and the worst of human character right in your face. David says that every community deserves a first class "God Fearing" Police Department.

After dating for some years, in 1974 David married Charlotte Dian Ledbetter. The couple moved from Detroit to a home they purchased in Livonia. Troy was born in 1980; Dustin 18 months later in 1982.

In 1980, he joined Mang Aero Flying Club, and flew out of Detroit Metro Airport for two plus years as a student pilot. His instructor was a B-17 pilot during WWII.

In 1985, David joined Ford Motor Company (Industrial Security). A few years after that David and Charlotte bought their second home in Plymouth. Ford Security settled into a steady day shift career with constant training for fire prevention and safety, hazardous material, confined space, high climbing, and emergency response. There was a lot to learn and effectively apply, and the challenges and rewards were many.

In 2005, Ford disbanded its in-house security operation - company wide. Those that wanted to stay at Ford in security had to join an agency. David did so, and stayed for two and a half more years as a Security Site Supervisor at the Ford Woodhaven Stamping Plant. It was a great opportunity and he enjoyed working daily with the decision makers at the plant.

David and Charlotte divorced in 1993. In 1995, David moved to Westland, where he currently resides.

Message to Classmates: Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion, Godspeed. Dear Lord, bless, guide, and guard our great country.

This page was last updated on Saturday, August 29, 2020.