Monday, July 19, 2010

Final arrest

Officer Ray Kansier retired last week, after 38 years and 2 months wearing the LPD uniform.  While we don’t keep records on such matters, I suspect Ray is in the top two or three in our 130+ year history on length of service for a street police officer.  It’s a remarkable accomplishment. 

There was a nice retirement coffee for Ray on Friday afternoon.  I noted that Officer Kansier had been involved in a very nasty motorcycle accident in 1975 which would have been career ending for anyone with less grit and determination.  I also noted Ray’s final arrest: this pair, for a righteous felony and a collection of misdemeanors.  Ray was telling me the story, when he mentioned that a colleague, Officer Cassandra Briggs, did the reports for him.  Now that’s a nice retirement gift!

Ray Kansier starts his next career this morning, working security at Lincoln’s Federal Building.  I suspect he’ll be the same reliable, loyal employee there as he has been for the citizens of Lincoln since the Nixon administration.

Congratulations, Ray, job well done.


Anonymous said...

Chief-Congratulations to Ray. The last time I saw him he didn't look like he's aged a day since the Carter administration.

How many more retirements do you expect this year?


Anonymous said...

Officer Ray... thanks for all your hard work and years of service! We appreciate it. Hope your next endeavour is just as fun. Good luck in your retirement years!

Anonymous said...

I also want to Thank Ray for being a fabulous help at Bryan West working out duty security for us. We were very sad to lose him as part of our trusted group of officers who help us every day. He always was willing to help out no matter how small or insignificant the task was. We always knew he would have our back if we came into crisis. Hope the Federal Buidling treats him well.

He will be missed by many!
Thanks Ray

Anonymous said...

Kinda sad that someone who gave more than just 38 years time to the City of Lincoln gets three
'thank you's'. At least he had a good 'retirement coffee'.

Thank you Ray