Huntington, Ind.— The Huntington Alumni Association presented its Distinguished Alumni Citation to fallen Ontario police officer David Nicholson in an afternoon ceremony on campus today. Nicholson, a police diver, died in 1998 while attempting to rescue a young boy from turbulent river water.
The Distinguished Alumni Citation is the Alumni Association’s most prestigious award, and recognizes those who have best represented the highest ideals of the Christian liberal arts college.
In the ceremony today on Huntington College’s Alumni Plaza, Jim Hoffman, director of alumni relations, described Nicholson’s heroism, his devotion as a father and loving husband, his distinguished career with the Waterloo Regional Police Force, and his service as a role model to youth, colleagues, and friends.
Citing the Gospel of John, Hoffman said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
The ceremony was attended by several hundred Huntington College alumni, as well as Nicholson’s family and friends.
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