Beavercreek Police Officer David Majercak views his service with the U.S. Marine Corp as “the best training I could have received to prepare me for the civilian law enforcement world.”
“Although military combat is so different from state side, I believe the training I received is second to none,” said Majercak, a Beavercreek police officer since 2001 and the department’s school resource officer for the past six years.
He served eight years with Charlie Company USMC Reserve out of Dayton before being discharged in 2008 as a sergeant.
How he got involved in the military and police work: With a lifelong dream of becoming a police officer, he joined the Marines as a military police officer because he “wanted to have the most training I could get in preparing me for the civilian world.”
What actions the he performed: He was deployed twice to Iraq. In 2002, his battalion was in charge of convoy security and enemy prisoners of war transports and camps. In 2003, his battalion’s mission was to train the Iraqi police. It was during his second deployment that Majercak was injured by a roadside bomb and was awarded the Purple Heart.
“I was hit with shrapnel on my right arm on the second deployment. That was really deep and, yes, painful,” he said.
The most satisfying part of his deployment? “The most satisfying part of my deployment was seeing the smiles, interacting with Iraqi kids and (seeing) the adults’ faces, thanking us for helping them.”
He especially enjoyed giving them whatever food he had, especially the children’s favorites — Skittles and gum.
What does a school resource officer do: “My job is to make sure safety plans are in place and that the students’ safety is always the focal point. It is my job to ensure that the kids feel safe and have a safe place to learn and understand that they have a resource through the police department for whatever they need.”
Why others consider him to be a hero: “We are very proud of Dave and his commitment to not only serve the citizens of Beavercreek but also his country. He never complained about the two different times his unit was called to active duty,” Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers said.
“He left his police job and his family to go to Iraq not once but twice because he knew it was part of the commitment he had made to serve his country. He has that same commitment to serve his community as one of our police officers.”
“We owe Dave and all of those brave men and woman, who have served our country, a debt of thanks for their willingness to serve in order to protect those freedoms that we enjoy every day.”