Merrimack school resource officer receives Lifetime honor
School Resource Officer Mike Murray of the Merrimack Police Department receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NH Police, Fire and EMS Foundation. Murray is joined by his girlfriend, Heather Gage. (Courtesy)
Officer Michael Murray recently received a Police Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Police, Fire and EMS Foundation. Murray, the school resource officer at Merrimack High School, says he is honored and humbled by the recognition.
Police Chief Mark Doyle nominated Murray for the award, which was presented on April 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.
“Officer Murray has taken his role as the school resource officer and made it into something that students and teachers look up to. He is highly depended on to keep the peace and act as a guidance counselor all at the same time. He handles both with professionalism and compassion,” according to the statement.
“I think you need the right personality for this job. You have to give respect to get it back,” he said, admitting there is a fine line between a student and adult relationship. “You can’t fake it with kids. They have to genuinely know that you want them to do well.”
When Murray isn’t working at the school, he is actively involved in the New Hampshire Special Olympics, raising money for the organization and organizing events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run. He also assists with the Special Olympics in New Hampshire each winter and summer, and has been selected twice to represent the state internationally as an ambassador.
“In this career, you often deal with the sadder side of life, but the Special Olympics is the best police therapy there is,” said Murray. “I definitely get more out of it than I put into it.”
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