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Efforts of officers honored

Six Bellefontaine police officers, one now retired, were honored Thursday for their significant actions while on duty.

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Officer Blake Kenner ponders one of the award medals he received Thursday during a ceremony at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 213  W. Chillicothe Ave. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Some of the events date back nearly 20 years, but were not recognized despite recommendations at the time from command staff and fellow officers.

Retired officer Jim Tetirick gave the keynote address at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 213 W. Chillicothe Ave.

He told the current officers and dispatchers many citizens are proud of the department since its transition from Brad Kunze’s tenure to Chief Brandon Standley’s administration.

“A lot of people don’t recognize me as a former officer,” the bearded retiree said, “so they tend to speak freely around me.
“About a year and a half ago, I noticed a very big change in sentiment toward the department.

“They are proud of you and you deserve to know that because you stuck it out through some very dark years.”

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