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  • Independence Police Department retirees reunite and complete firearms training course

  • On Friday, retirees from the Independence Police Department gathered at the David Kraxner Memorial Gun Range in Sugar Creek to participate in the annual firearms training and qualification course. 

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  • On Friday, retirees from the Independence Police Department gathered at the David Kraxner Memorial Gun Range in Sugar Creek to participate in the annual firearms training and qualification course.  
    The training and qualification course is authorized to retired law enforcement officers through the “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2003” and Missouri Statute 571, Concealed Carry endorsement. The training and qualification course was provided by the Independence Police Department.
    Approximately 53 retirees attended the event, renewing acquaintances as well as meeting new friends in addition to the training. They also enjoyed a great lunch catered by Back Yard Burgers. Chief of Police Tom Dailey attended and visited with the retirees as well as encouraged them with the qualification. The end result was that each of the participants did qualify on the shooting range with their firearms.
    A memorial tribute was observed for former Mayor Ron Stewart, retired IPD employee Beverly Crowl, and St. Joseph Police Officer Dan De Kraai who was killed in a training accident.
    It is estimated that more than a thousand years of law enforcement experience and stories were represented with the attendees. Many of those experiences were of course documented in countless case files of police calls that range from checking the well being of citizens, shoplifting, domestic violence, all the way to child abuse, human trafficking, and homicides. Some of the worst of human experiences have been witnessed by those retired officers as well as some of the best of human experiences. Especially when lost loved ones have been reunited or dramatic rescues from burning vehicles and homes were made by them.
    There are also the untold stories that no one ever hears about such as, and I know this for a fact, the loads of groceries that have shown up at family homes where hard times had fallen. Not one of the officers will ever admit where the packages of mercy came from either.  Nor will anyone ever know of the times when an officer came home and held their own sleeping child for a long period after having come home from a shift where they had to work a traffic accident that took the life of an innocent child. These retired officers, as well as retired officers all across the nation, were never super human, although there were times when super human efforts were called upon to do the work that had to be done.
    Thank you all for the tremendous service you gave to this community.

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