"Strength of body & mind"

The Michael Zemanek 

Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Mike Zemanek 1650 yd. - Freestyle


Captain Welch



Mike's legacy is kept alive by the Norwich University (NU) Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Team.  An annual award named, "The Michael Zemanek Mental Toughness Award” is given to the NU senior who, throughout their swimming/diving careers, exemplified: 


Selfless Service

Positive Attitude

Motivational Leadership

Excellent Academic Standing &



​Hannah Magee​​

Further, the Orange County Sheriff's Department renamed their Community Policing Award to the “Deputy Michael Zemanek Award" which is given annually to one of their deputies who excels in law enforcement.  The following are the the award recipients:                                                                


Lieutenant Eggman

​Community Policing


​​In honor of their fallen member, the Orange County Sheriff's Department in Chelsea, VT provides an annual grant entitled "The Michael Zemanek Award." The $200.00 grant is given to any high school senior in Orange County Vermont majoring in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management Services, or Fire Sciences of the Sheriff's choosing.

      2015                2016
G. Higgins     S. Woodworth      


Everett Howard​​


​Patrick Ogden


Deputy Briggs

​DUI & Speed Enforcement


Lieutenant Clouatre

​Outstanding Professional Performance

About Mike Zemanek (aka Z-MAN)

Michael A. Zemanek was a full-time Orange County Sherriff's Deputy and a part-time Police Officer for the Northfield Police Department when he passed away on July 31, 2013.  Deputy Zemanek was 22-years-old when he died due to an undiagnosed Sudden Arrhythmia Death (S.A.D.S.).  Neither department carried life insurance or death benefits for their sworn law enforcement officers.  Deputy Zemanek also worked part-time for Barre City Police Department while attending and after graduation from Norwich University.  Upon graduating from the Vermont Police Academy, Michael earned the Highest Academic Achievement Award for the 95th Basic Training  Class.  

Michael was a 2012 Norwich University Magna Cum Laude Graduate and a member of the Corps of Cadets.  Michael was also studying for his Masters Degree in Computer Security and Information Assurance at the time of his passing.  Mike captained the Norwich University Swim and Dive Team, excelled as a distance swimmer, marathon runner, weight lifter, and an all around exceptional athlete.  Mike won the prestigious Norwich University Garrity Award for Academic Excellence, and Athletics. 

Michael grew up in Voorheesville, NY where he served as a firefighter with the Voorheesville Volunteer Fire Department.  Michael also achieved the prestigious honor of Eagle Scout with BSA Troop 73.

Michael lived to help others.  He exemplified selfless service, integrity, and dependability.​