Monday, March 28, 2011

Thanks for your service

The Chief's Corner was a little sparse last week, due to pressing business that limited my available time--and a little writer's block to boot.  I'm back at it, though, and want to start the week by acknowledging about 67 years of service to the citizens of Lincoln by two fine men who have just retired: Capt. Terry Sherrill and Officer Larry Bratt. 

I have known both of these men since their careers began, and I would be relieved to have either of them on my doorstep in a moment of personal crisis.  They both leave the department in fine health, with their sense of humor and optimism intact, and with a profound sense of accomplishment few people can match.  Both Larry and Terry spent a good portion of their careers in assignments involving children--investigating crimes of the most unimaginable sort, and serving as mentors, role models, and counselors to kids in trouble.  They have touched thousands of lives quite directly, and I have shared some incredible moments of pathos and triumph with them both. 

The large turnout of current and past LPD employees at their retirement events is a testament to the good will Terry Sherrill and Larry Bratt have sown with their colleagues.  I wish them both the very best as they turn the page to the next chapter.  Congratulations!



Anonymous said...

Larry Bratt in the past has contacted me a couple of times about problems that my drunken neighbor was causing and Larry was always pleasant and courteous. He is a credit to the uniform and I wish him well in future endeavors!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to both of these outstanding officers. Thank you for ALL you have done to make the world a better place. Enjoy your retirement and God bless you both.

stumble-tripping feet said...

I worked with Larry Bratt at St E's when he was working security. He was one of my favorite officers as a dispatcher.

Thank you to both of you for your service.