A law enforcement officer whose name became synonymous with putting bad guys behind bars will be honored this fall with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame.
Captain John Drum was a 25 year veteran officer of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, serving from 1989 until his retirement in 2014. During his years of service, Drum worked in various capacities, including the patrol division, where his no-nonsense nature and drive for public safety earned him the street name of “The Hammer.” His unique skillset eventually landed him a spot in the Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Warrants Unit, where he spent the majority of his career. As part of that specialty unit, Drum also became a revered member of the US Marshals Fugitive Warrants Task Force, where he had the opportunity to work side by side with some of the most talented officers from throughout the region. In total, Drum spent 60 percent of his career working as Marshal. His hard work paved the way for several promotions, culminating with the rank of Captain shortly before his retirement. During his 25 year career with LCSO, Drum amassed 7,423 physical arrests, with an unheard average of 5.71 arrests every single week over the course of a quarter century.
Sadly, just four years into his retirement, Captain Drum passed away unexpectedly last fall.
In recognition of his years of service, his dedication to law enforcement and his fine-tuned skillset to hunting down wanted fugitives, Drum was selected by the Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame this week as the 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. That honor will be bestowed in the memory of Captain Drum at a ceremony to be held in Maumee, Ohio on September 12th. His wife Dana will be on hand to receive the award in his memory, as will his nephew Steve Drum and his wife Michele, and close friends Jim and Dianne Jones.
“Every day, officers across the country perform selfless, often sacrificial acts in the interest of public service and safety that go unheralded,” according to Scott Buhrmaster of the Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame. “It’s part of the job, and they know that. They don’t seek praise, but they deserve it. All of us involved in this project are determined to help spotlight these officers’ outstanding work, not only to honor them as individuals, but to honor the profession as well.”