"Strength of body & mind"
LETTER FROM AN NU TEAMMATE:
Happy Birthday Michael. I never got the privlage to know you, but I feel like I do from hearing all of the stories about you. Your positive attitude, determination, work ethic, and liveliness lives on though the team. You are a role model to us and remind us to try our best and enjoy every day. I am so lucky to have gotten the opertunity to get to know your mom. She is a wonderful lady and touches so many hearts. I had the most amazing day today just enjoying the company of others. (I feel you had a hand in this). You left your Mark on this world and this team. Thank you. Happy 28th Birthday! You are always in our hearts. Sending much love.
Love Kylee ♥️ 06 Dec 18
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 demonstrate outstanding commitment to duty and community service. The following are the award recipients:
DUI & Speed Enforcement
Outstanding Prof. Performance
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.
Mike Zemanek 1650 yd. - Freestyle
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 2017 2018
G. Higgins S. Woodworth M. Slocum E. Grady
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:
Excellent Academic Standing &
The Michael Zemanek
Memorial Foundation, Inc.