An Algoma police officer who died in the line of duty 50 years ago is being honored. Patrolman Ronald Lee Leist drowned on October 9th, 1969 while attempting to rescue two anglers who fell into waters just off the south pier in Algoma. Police Chief Randy Remiker says a low-key ceremony will be held Wednesday to honor and remember Leist.
Patrolman Leist was only 30 years old when he died and was the last and only Algoma police officer to die in the line of duty. The ceremony is scheduled for 5 pm on Wednesday by the memorial displayed near the south pier.