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'man of Steel' honored by police officers
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lter more than 26 years as a member of , the Searcy Police Department, Captain Ken Edmunson has retired.
    Edmunson was feted Tuesday afternoon by his former co-workers and friends at the Searcy Police Department.
    During his tenure at the department, Edmunson worked for five mayors and three chiefs of police.
    He has worked in the patrol division as a shift supervisor, as lieutenant of patrol, lieutenant in the criminal investigation
division, on the drug task force and as the public information officer.
    He has seen the good and the bad throughout the community. He has viewed the community as both a patrol officer
and as a public information officer.
    Edmunson began work at the police department approximately one month before Chief J.R. Thomas.
     When he started at the police department, Mayor Belinda LaForce was an assistant city clerk, Prosecutor Chris Raff
was a deputy prosecutor, Judge Robert Edwards was the prosecuting attorney and Dean Hunter was chief of police.
    During Tuesday's retirement party, Raft' described Edmunson as a true lion of the police department He advised officers
to not lose contact with Edmunson.
     "If you have a question, Ken has probably seen it before and handled it well," Raft' said.
     Edmunson said that he wants to be remembered as someone who had a positive influence on his co-workers and his
community.
     But, he admits that his time on the police force has changed him. "I am not the same bright-eyed child that went to work,
    Edmunson said.
    Over the years, Edmunson obtained the nickname "the man of steel" because, he said, officers felt that he had no feelings.
    Although many officers may have felt Edmunson had no feelings, a gift from officers Tuesday showed their feelings toward
him. Edmunson was presented a 45-caliber pistol bearing his name.
    Corporal Roger Pearson, who made the presentation, called Edmunson a "basket full of wisdom." "It is a shame he is
leaving," Pearson said.
    Thomas described Edmunson as his right hand for many years as well as a person in whom he had total faith to do things
right.
    LaForce, who presented Edmunson a key to the city, described Edmunson as dependable and diplomatic.
    Thomas described Edmunson as his right hand for many years as well as a person in whom he had total faith to do things right.
   LaForce, who presented Edmunson a key to the city, described Edmunson as dependable and diplomatic.
   Edmunson said earlier this month that he was retiring to allow someone else in the department to have a turn.
   "My energy for the job is not like it used to be. It's someone else's turn," he said. "After 26 years, I was beginning to lose my fire."
    Reflecting on his time at the police department, Edmunson said, "you begin to think that it belongs to you. Then you realize you
are just passing through. In the end, you see if you have been a good tenant."
   Although Edmunson may be waiting to see if he was a good tenant, his friends in law enforcement and people in the community
already know the answer.
   He was.


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