I am writing this letter in the light of the recent death of John Watson, a policeman for the city of Kenai. I did know John personally and utilized his help professionally in my job. He was a fine man and did his job well. He had a ready smile and shouldered the burdens of great responsibility well. The city of Kenai and its citizens had a great employee and man.
I probably should have done this before, but as my pastor reminded me at church on Sunday, it is never too late to do something that should be done.
I want to express publicly my appreciation to the employees of the police department. The men and women who work for the Kenai Police Department are phenomenal. Everyone from the dispatchers to those in uniform is always helpful and professional. I am thankful for their willingness to serve in their chosen profession.
I appreciated it when I was alone, scared by the sounds of footsteps outside my bedroom window in the middle of the night and called the police to come check it out; two officers showed up at my home quickly. They discovered the source of footsteps was only a baby moose outside my home. I appreciated that they didn't laugh at me, but with me.
I have appreciated the grace and mercy demonstrated when I have been pulled over and let go with a warning or given a ticket justly, but with kindness and respect.
Thank you for all of you for your help at my workplace.
Thank you for bringing the DARE program to the schools to help our kids.
Thank you for working to make the community a good place to live and work.
I wish I would have said this before, when John was here. He deserved to know he was appreciated as well. The editor's column in the Sunday edition was great, well written and well said. I hope that all in the community realize what valuable men and women work and live with us.
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