Tuesday, May 12, 2009

In memory of Ralph Fox

The Kenosha News today carries the obituary of Ralph Fox.

If you're under 50, give or take, you won't likely remember Capt. Fox but he was the original "Officer Friendly" of the Kenosha Police Department who visited schools, worked with "patrol boys" and crossing guards, spoke to community groups, etc. He was the guy who told you not to take rides from strangers and how to witness a possible abduction and report it to the police.

Law enforcement has changed in the 34 years since Ralph retired and, in some respects, not for the better.

Ralph was one of the World War II veterans who successfully and honorably transitioned into law enforcement at a time when cops were more peace officers than law enforcement officers. He will be missed but his legacy lives on in much more formal ways.

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