Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 Written by JOEL E. MAST
In less than two weeks, Lt. Ron Birt will begin a 2,200-mile trek over the Appalachian Trail.
Lt. Ron Birt, center, greets Logan County Family Court judges Michael Brady, left, and Dan Bratka, right, at his retirement party Tuesday as Gary Carmean looks on. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)
It will be about six months of solitude traversing mountains, hills and valleys from Georgia to Maine.
A far cry from his busy office and daily interactions at the Bellefontaine Police Department “I’ve been telling the guys it’ll give me a lot of time for reflection,” he said Tuesday, “and I’m going to spend time every day thinking about my career.”
Today, he will spend just two hours turning in his badge, uniforms and department-issued equipment, ending a 32-year career with the department.
He started out as patrolman and rose through the ranks to become lieutenant.
On May 13, 2011, he was appointed acting chief after Brad Kunze resigned rather than face termination proceedings.
Lt. Birt then led the department’s transition until November when Brandon Standley was named chief.
He received the department Medal of Merit for his leadership.
Hs career also included service as a sergeant and leader of the department’s special response team.