Letter to the Editor:
The officers of the Toledo Police Department would like to extend our thanks to the citizens of Toledo for showing, their support for our department and police officers in general, in light of the horrific events that claimed the lives of Sergeant Anthony Beminio of the Des Moines Police Department and Officer Justin Martin of the Urbandale Police Department. We are forever grateful for those who have tied blue ribbons around the trees or signs in your front yard, and the business owners who tied those same blue ribbons in front of your business to show support for police officers. It's simply amazing! We thank the kind citizens who have dropped off baked goods to us; some of them anonymously, and a big thank you to the members of the Lincoln Savings Bank in Tama for dropping off a very large gift basket to us; showing their support for our department.
We also thank the citizens for the kind words of support in light of this tragedy. It really means a lot to each and every one of us on the department.
Although the tragedies involving Sergeant Beminio and Officer Martin happened a little over an hour away from Toledo, it did have an affect on our department. One of the officers from the Toledo Police Department knew Sergeant Beminio personally. When a tragic event like this happens, it just doesn't affect the officers in the department it occurred in, but rather, all law enforcement officers throughout the state and beyond. These fine men and women who perish in the line of duty are our brothers and sisters in law enforcement and we grieve just as we would if it were our own immediate family. It's unfortunate that times are becoming more and more tumultuous for law enforcement, and the days of "this kind of incident won't happen here in Toledo" are Iong gone. It's a very real possibility. The inherent dangers of being a law enforcement officer are much greater now than it was twenty years ago and beyond. In ligrht of all that, the strong bond the
Toledo Police Department has with its citizens will only continue to grow, and for that, we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Remember, our doors are open for vou always, no matter what the situation is. We are proud to serve the citizens of Toledo, and continue to do so forever.
Bob Kendall-Toledo PoliceChief,Dan Quigley-Toledo Police Sergeant, Andrea Clark - Toledo Police Officer, Nathan Wunn - Toledo Police Officer, Lucas Hauser - Toledo Police Officer, Fred Oster -Toledo Police Officer (Part-Time),Jeremy Murray-Toledo Police Officer(Part-lime) Cheyanne Packer - Toledo Police Reserve Officer, Shannon Bowers-ToledoPolice Reserve Officer