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Beloved Downtown DeLand officer retires — sort of

A MUCH-LOVED OFFICER — Family and friends of longtime DeLand Police Department Cmdr. Francis “Mac” McBride surround him as he accepts a plaque from DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, upon his retirement after 42 years with the city.

A MUCH-LOVED OFFICER — Family and friends of longtime DeLand Police Department Cmdr. Francis “Mac” McBride surround him as he accepts a plaque from DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar, upon his retirement after 42 years with the city.

BEACON PHOTO/ANTHONY DeFEO

DeLand city leaders bid farewell to a longtime veteran of the DeLand Police Department at the City Commission’s Dec. 4 meeting.

A familiar face to anyone who spends time in Downtown DeLand, DPD Cmdr. Francis “Mac” McBride was honored by the City Commission upon his retirement after 42 years of service with the department. 

McBride began his career with the city in 1975 as an auxiliary police officer.  

Dozens of police officers and firefighters attended the ceremony, where McBride was presented with a copy of the official resolution honoring him. 

“Tonight is one of those bittersweet moments when we recognize a longtime servant to this city,” said Mayor Bob Apgar.

The longtime public servant isn’t completely giving up serving the residents of DeLand.

McBride will now serve as a community-service aide for the DPD, working his previous Downtown DeLand beat. 

Community-service aides help out sworn officers by handling auxiliary tasks, such as directing traffic at crash scenes.

“I want to give a great applause to our law enforcement and our firefighters in DeLand. We have got one of the finest fire departments and law enforcement in this state, and I am just so proud to be part of it,” McBride said. “From my heart to you guys, I want to thank you.”

— Anthony DeFeo, anthony@beacononlinenews.com

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