2015 Award Recipients

Gerald Marcou, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Gerry Marcou has dedicated himself to over 42 years in law enforcement service to the residents of Coos County. He is one of those career law enforcement officers that have “been there and done that.” There is probably nothing he hasn’t seen, or any type of incident that he hasn’t had to handle at least once.

During his career he has been a police prosecutor, juvenile officer, hazardous materials officer, law enforcement driving instructor, and criminal investigator, and has received training and experience in numerous disciplines, including narcotics investigation and how to investigate terrorist incidents.

Gerry started his career working for 16 years with the Gorham Police Department, where he was promoted to Sergeant before transitioning to the New Hampshire State Police. There he worked as a trooper and truck enforcement officer until his first retirement in 2001, which was short-lived when he accepted an appointment as County Sheriff, which he continues to this day, having been duly elected by the public on numerous occasions with bipartisan support.

And as a result of this varied law enforcement experience, our honoree has demonstrated the ability to treat others as he would want to be treated, and to treat other law enforcement officers and agencies with the same respect regardless of the size of their department, their level of training, or the color of their uniform.

Gerry has garnered respect around the state from elected officials, state, local and county employees, and most important, the men and women who live and work in the northern region of the state. They know he understands that his roots are no different from the roots of those he deals with in a law enforcement capacity each and every day; that all of us have some good inside; and more important, that no one is perfect and everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, albeit at times with an accompanying dose of tough love and reality.

Gerry has lived in Gorham his entire life, and resides there with his wife Gail. He is an avid hunter and fisherman.

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Captain Jeffrey P. Dropkin, EMS Honoree of the Year

Captain Dropkin is a Public Safety Officer of the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety, one of the only municipal departments where each officer provides law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency medical services during their duty term. Jeff and his wife live in Waterville Valley.

Jeff’s passions are practicing EMS and sailing. He began his EMS career in 1980 during college. After graduation he continued his EMS career, working as a ski patroller and on an ambulance, all while working in the family business.

In 2000, Jeff left the family business work full time as a paramedic, firefighter, and police officer. He is a State EMS Instructor Coordinator, a State Fire Instructor, Firefighter III, a Certified Traumatic Brain Injury Instructor, and has American Heart Association certifications to teach PALS, ACLS and CPR.

Jeff strives to improve the lives of others through teaching, and his personal acts and deeds have saved many lives. In addition to his passion for public safety he is also a world-class sailor, racing a J-24 just about anywhere there is water and wind.

Captain Dropkin truly represents those unsung heroes in life who address the needs of others, watch out for the safety of friends and neighbors, and care for those in distress while never expecting praise or recognition; whose sacrifices are great, yet whose actions are so quiet, so private, and so honestly humble we rarely hear about them.

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Chief Dick Mardin, Fire Fighter of the Year

Dick Mardin served as chief for the Holderness Fire Department from 1989 to 2007, the first and only full-time fire chief in the town. He has been a member since 1964 and still remains an active member today! In March 2014, he reached his 50th year as a member of the department.

During his 50 years, he was instrumental in securing three new fire trucks, and a fire boat to service both Squam and Little Squam Lakes. He started the Holderness Rescue Squad, and was instrumental in the building of the current fire station.

One of the hardest things that he ever had to do was maintain his composure and control of the scene in an accident that involved our Deputy Chief in 1993. Our firefighters are thankful to have had him as chief for the many times he has represented us publicly and encouraged our training so that we could be the best that we could be. The residents of Holderness have the utmost respect for Chief Mardin. People continue to comment on the numerous ways he has helped (and continues to help) them.

Dick Mardin is a third-generation firefighter following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps. His daughter, Eleanor, is the current Holderness Fire Chief. Chief Mardin not only provided the leadership to keep the Holderness Fire Department running smoothly, he also set a wonderful example for his firefighters to serve the public with a sense of pride.

Dick has a unique adopted hobby. He takes broken stringed instruments (violins, guitars, and banjos) and restores them to their original working condition. He also plays early American violin music with various local bands.

Dick Mardin and his wife Edie enjoy living in Holderness.

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Todd Landry, President’s Award

A native of New Hampshire, Todd Landry was born and raised in the North Country. Todd graduated from Lisbon High School and earned a degree from the NH Technical Institute in Concord.

Todd has been involved in all three areas of emergency public safety as an EMT, a firefighter and a police officer. Ultimately, he chose to pursue law enforcement and after spending 5 years as a local police officer in Littleton, Landry became a State Trooper in 1995 assigned to Troop F. Landry served six years as a detective. In 2006 he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2010 he became Lieutenant and Commander of State Police Troop F until his planned retirement in the summer of 2015.

Todd was involved in numerous significant incidents during his career. One of which may be considered the slowest pursuit in the North Country that wound its way through Crawford Notch until the culprit was apprehended after the vehicle ran out of gas. Just days prior to his planned retirement from the State Police, Todd played a critical role in bringing order from the chaos at the Lancaster Circus Tent Collapse.  His management skills and command presence were evident on the radio as he responded to the tragedy.

Todd has been on the board of the North Country Public Safety Foundation since nearly the beginning. He serves as the chairman of the Award Selection Committee. Although retired, he remains active within the community and enjoys living with his wife, Pam, on Dodge Pond in Lyman.

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Tiffany Hamilton2015 Award Recipients