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An undated photo of Sergeant Vincent Vicarie in his earlier days with the GRPD.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Police Department announced today that their oldest living retiree died Tuesday at the age of 95.

Retired Sergeant Vincent Vicarie was in the US Army and served as an Infantryman in World War II, stationed in France. After the war, Vicarie joined the GRPD on November 22, 1948.

Vicarie served his country again during the Korean Conflict and helped train military police officers. He soon returned to his career with the GRPD as a member of the Vice Squad, an ambulance driver and the Water Safety Director at Camp O’Malley.

He was eventually promoted to Sergeant and finished his expansive career in the force as a detective sergeant in the Detective Bureau.

Vicarie retired from the GRPD on March 13, 1979.  For more information on funeral arrangements, you can go to Sergeant Vicarie’s obituary.

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