Armand Maheux is surrounded by family members after being presented with a plaque that will enshrine the Laconia Police Department's community room in his honor. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)
By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Armand Maheux, who has served on the Police Commission since it was established, will forever remain a presence in the Laconia Police Department, where the Community Room has been named in his honor.
When the commission met on Thursday, retiring chief Chris Adams, his voice cracked with emotion, opened the proceedings by asking Maheux to step to the podium, where he presented him with a plaque that will grace the wall of the room.
“This man,” Adams began, “in 22 years has never missed the birthday of an employee or a graduation of the DARE (Drug Abuse Prevention Education) program.” He went on to say that throughout his tenure Maheux has been an unstinting champion of the department and a loyal friend to its officers and staff.
Maheux, himself a veteran of the force, known for never shying from a scrap, expressed his pride in “one of the greatest police departments in the state” that “I would put up against any other department. They work the way it should be done and treat people the way they should be treated.”
Surprised and humbled by the honor, Maheux joined his extended family for a photograph, then, as he has done every month for the past 22 years took his seat, joining his fellow commissioners Doug Whittum and Tom Tarr to conduct the business before the commission.