A special celebration was held yesterday by the Marion Police Dept. to honorably congratulate seven retiring police officers and wish them well in their future endeavors.
William (Bill) Alter was hired in 1988. He served on the JEAN Team for one year, and is most known for his longtime role as the Police Athletic League (PAL) Club Director. He said he has enjoyed being able to run the club and working with the kids. Alter will continue in his role as a civilian employee.
Sgt. Warland Artis (not pictured) has also been with MPD since 1988. He was not present for the ceremony as he has moved to Florida. Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey said he is enjoying retirement with his wife and family.
Ofc. Gary Henderson has been with MPD since 1990. He enjoyed working with the youth, particularly as DARE officer. Henderson says his retirement is bittersweet as he will miss everyone, but is ready to move on. He is exploring future endeavors.
Sgt. David Day was hired in 1993. “D‑Day” said his career has overall been a great experience, especially getting to know people. Day co-founded “Shop with a Cop” day of service and giving for underprivileged families. He has enjoyed helping others, especially children. Day has accepted a clery compliance position with Indiana University Police.
Capt. Robin Young has been with MPD since 1993. Young expressed gratification on getting to investigate major cases for the past 24 ½ years, and satisfaction of being able to put away murderers, rapists and more, in order to make the community safer. Young is not taking on any other employment as he plans to fully enjoy retirement.
Ofc. Kent Wilson joined MPD in 1996. Wilson reflected on apprehending a murder suspect in 2003, and getting to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In November of last year, Wilson was involved in a near life-threatening off-duty car accident, having only suffered head trauma from serious impact. Wilson recently accepted a federal security position in Fort Wayne.
Lt. James Loftin has been with MPD since 1997. Loftin expressed appreciation for his fellow officers and those who had his back over the years. He reflected getting shot at during a pursuit following an armed robbery and expressed thanks to the officers who helped apprehend the suspect. Loftin has taken on a job in the private sector for an insurance company.
Each officer was given service plaques and retirement badges presented by Capt. Stephen Dorsey. During each presentation, each officer shared highlights and anecdotes from their time on the department including heart-breaking stories, life-threatening incidents, and expressions of appreciation for their fellow officers who supported them during dire moments.
Police Chief Angie Haley added that Ofc. Jeff Tomlinson also retired earlier last year. He had been with MPD since 1998. Tomlinson wanted a private and quiet send-off. He is also working for an insurance firm.
“A lot of great men, a lot of great years, and a lot of great cases,” reflected Chief Haley. “They have all provided such great service to this community.”
The retiring officers who served at least 25 years were personally presented with an American flag by Mayor Jess Alumbaugh and Chief of Staff Mike Flynn.