The Michigan DNR held a ceremony to honor one of their most distinguished past employees on Wednesday. The DNR named their new patrol boat after retired conservation officer Frank Opolka. Frank started with the Michigan DNR in 1964. During his time he was a conservation officer, Chief of the Law Enforcement Division, and Deputy Director for the U.P before officially retiring in 1995.
"Having this patrol boat bear my name is the ultimate tribute and I feel like I've entered the DNR Law Enforcement Division hall of fame," Honoree Frank Opolka said. "It's very meaningful and I am so grateful for this honor."
The ceremony was hosted at the U.S Coast Guard Station in Marquette. Frank and friends christened the new patrol boat by taking a ride around the harbor after the ceremony.