Optimist club shows ‘respect for law enforcement’


LIMA — Officer Eric Mericle of the Lima Police Department was recently honored by the Lima Noon Optimist Club with the Respect for Law Enforcement award. Mericle, a Lima Senior graduate and former member of the U.S. Marine Corps., has been an officer since 2000.

In 2017, Mericle helped Maleek Nelson, 7, become an honorary officer with LPD. When Nelson died in November 2018, Mericle coordinated an Honor Guard for Nelson’s funeral. Mericle has previously been recognized for resusicating a one-year-old child, among other achievements with the LPD.

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