Retired ACPO Detective remembered as a motivator and leader – BreakingAC
A retired detective from the Atlantic County District Attorney’s Office is remembered as a leader and motivator this week.
William McIntyre died on June 7 with his family by his side. He was 73 years old.
Atlantic County Detective Chief Bruce DeShields credited “Mac” with much of his success and said he continues to pass on what he has learned to others.
“Mac had a larger than life personality,” said DeShields, who was a sergeant at McIntyre in the major crimes unit of the Atlantic County district attorney’s office.
âWhen you caught homicide, he stayed on top of you defying you,â DeShields said. âHe taught me to think of surveys as a game of chess: study what you see and what you don’t see. Plan your moves, always think at least three moves in advance. If you find yourself in a dead end, move on to another angle.
But it was Mac’s “passion for the job” that earned DeShields ultimate respect.
“He had a fiery temper and he knew how to motivate,” recalls the county chief detective. âYou didn’t want to be at the end of one of those speeches. But what I liked most about him was his camaraderie.
âMac had a way of him that made you want to work as a team,â DeShields said. âWith him there was no ‘I’.
McIntyre began his service at age 17, when he enlisted in the United States Marines.
He toured Vietnam twice as a demolition expert, receiving medals for his bravery, including the National Defense Service Medial, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Rifle Expert Badge and the Good Conduct Medal, according to its obituary.
His law enforcement career began at Somers Point as a patroller. He then moved to Northfield, eventually joining the Atlantic County Attorney’s Office, where he spent over 20 years.
He ended his career in homicides, where he retired as a detective sergeant.
“What I learned from Mac I pass on to others, hoping that the pride he instilled in me, I instill in others,” DeShields said.
McIntyre used his expertise in collecting and preserving evidence to work as an FBI consultant, working on the development of the CODIS DNA database, or Combined DNA Index System.
He ended his career running the Atlantic County Pistol Range as a police firearms instructor.
He fondly remembers his wife of 50 years, Eileen, a retired teacher from Margate, and their son, Terry McIntyre; daughter and son-in-law, Meghan and Jeff Klauder; grandchildren, Makayla, Kieran and Vivienne; sister, Andrea Hansberry (nÃ©e McIntyre); nephew, Michael Hansberry and niece, Sara Calabrese (nÃ©e Hansberry).
He was predeceased by his parents: Gloria McIntyre (nÃ©e Heffernan) and Andrew McIntyre; sister, Tricia McIntyre.