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Lake Placid constable honored for service

North Elba town Supervisor Jay Rand, left, shakes hands with Johnny Rickard at the town hall on Tuesday. Rickard stepped down as Lake Placid lake constable earlier this year after serving for 40 years. The new Lake Placid lake constable, Rickard’s son Buzzy, is seen in the background. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)
Johnny Rickard was presented with this plaque at the town hall on Tuesday. Rickard stepped down as Lake Placid lake constable earlier this year after serving for 40 years. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s lake constable for the past four decades, Johnny Rickard, was honored for his service by the North Elba Town Council on Tuesday.

Town Supervisor Jay Rand presented a plaque to Rickard at the council’s meeting Tuesday. Rickard stepped down as constable ahead of the summer season, and his son, Buzzy, was appointed as the new constable in April.

“You have faithfully exhibited your duties with pride and compassion in keeping Lake Placid Lake safe for all of the residents who reside on the lake and the many visitors and sportsmen who frequent the lake,” the plaque read. “You have made every effort to keep the lake as one of the purest and environmentally friendly in the world through your consistent daily patrol routines. No one could do it better. On behalf of the citizens of the town of North Elba, we offer our thanks, appreciation and congratulations for a job well done. Your passion and love of this job truly shines through as a friend and guardian of the Lake Placid lake.”

Rickard has enforced the laws of the lake for the past 40 years. He said it was a “wonderful job.”

“It’s been a pleasure and thank you,” Rickard said Tuesday. “I’m very proud to have served you.”

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