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David M. Elmer, retired Amherst police detective sergeant Jan. 29, 1937 -- July 3, 2007

David M. Elmer, a retired Amherst police officer, died Tuesday at his Eggertsville home. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Elmer graduated from Kenmore High School in 1954 and attended Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo.

After stints working at Westinghouse and as an auto mechanic, Mr. Elmer joined the Amherst Police Department in April 1965, serving for 29 years, most recently as a detective sergeant.

He was named Amherst's Officer of the Year in 1973 for his discovery of a handprint on a car that helped solve a homicide and also received recognition from Inside Detective magazine for his work on the case. He also negotiated contracts as part of the Police Club and received many department merit awards.

Mr. Elmer's brother-in-law, Nicholas Hejaily, of Amherst, said he also had an in-depth understanding of criminal law.

"David was meticulous in all of his work," Hejaily said. "He enjoyed looking closely into cases and clues to help solve crimes."

Mr. Elmer enjoyed reading about history, politics, architecture and gardening, as well as watching sports and following NASCAR.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Ruth Hejaily, and two sons, Michael and Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.


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