The Queen City Rotary Club awarded Officer John Levasseur with the "Officer of the Year" honor. Officer Levasseur is a 6-year veteran of the Manchester Police Department.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding police officer who exemplifies the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self" and whom demonstrates a strong commitment to local youth.

Officer Levasseur is currently assigned to the Manchester Police Athletic League program and has been involved in the program as a boxing coach since 2006, prior to his employment with MPD. Levasseur also played a key role in the recent 1.8 million dollar renovation of the MPAL Michael Briggs Community Center.

MPD Chief Nick Willard introduced Levasseur as someone who "goes way above and beyond with the kids in the MPAL program," continuing, "there is no-one more deserving of this award."

Officer Levasseur accepted the award noting "I am honored to receive this award. I feel privileged to be involved with the program and the great kids I interact with on a daily basis."

As part of the award, Queen City Rotary also donated $500 to MPAL in Officer Levasseur's name. QCR recently distributed $50,000 to over 40 youth-centered organizations in the greater Manchester area; including $3,000 to "Building on the Hope" the organization that spearheaded the MPAL Michael Briggs Community Center renovation.