MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - David Cromell, Saturday evening’s honoree of the Hub Perreault Citizenship Award from the American Legion Post 131, says he can't express how much he appreciates his community for recognizing his work.
"It's quite an honor and a surprise. I've been retired for quite a while now, and for this to come up... it's pretty neat,” said David Cromwell.
This news may be shocking for Cromell. But his brother-in-law, Joseph Paquette Jr., says it shouldn't be because he deserved it.
"Dave has been very instrumental in a lot of things with the Sheriff's department,” explained Paquette Jr. “He has individually saved numerous lives. Dave has been a person who prided himself on being prepared."
Not to mention, he's only the ninth person to receive this award since it was created in 1993.
"Dave was our sheriff here in Alger County for 35 years. He's just the perfect person,” said Paquette Jr.
When it first started, the American Legion did this to honor Hub Perreault for his years of dedication and service to Alger County.
Now it's a tradition the American Legion has kept going to honor those who accomplished what Perreault did during his time.
"The hard work that we've done, and of course, it wasn't all me. It was the whole community that helped accomplish the things in my office, so it's a pretty good honor,” said Cromell.
The American Legion says they're honored to continue this legacy, and plan to keep it going for many years to come.