Last week the Kent Police threw a well-earned retirement party for detective Carl Cassell. He has served Kent for decades with a level of integrity and professionalism that is truly unmatched. He will be missed by everyone that knew him and by those that may not have known him but could sleep better at night because of the work he led for the Kent Police Department. You learn a lot at these retirement parties as people reminisce over many years of experiences that keep Police life interesting. Besides the story of the robber who contributed to his own demise by leaving his phone number so that he could be called when the vault was opened-up, or learning that one of our dispatchers is the grand-daughter of Hop-Sing from the Ponderosa, I was most impressed with the recent story of Operation Marmaduke.
Before I share the Chief’s report on Operation Marmaduke, I want to again thank Carl for his years of service to the Kent community. From his time in the Navy to his time on the Kent Police force, he has dedicated his life to serving others and we are all better because of it. In an age when hard work and dedication are losing their popularity, Carl is old-school. He never flinches, gripes or even thinks about complaining when things don’t go his way. Instead, he rolls up his sleeves and keeps grinding away until the job get done, and done well. As a resident of Kent, I’m grateful for all the work Carl has done for Kent and as a colleague I’m honored to have served with him. Good luck Carl and enjoy your retirement — you’ve earned it.
Now back to Operation Marmaduke.
Here’s a report from the Police Chief:
“Kudos to Dana Frazier for his perseverance and efforts in capturing the renegade but non-threatening Great Dane which was disrupting neighborhoods for months on the south side of town. With Dana coordinating the efforts of professional trappers, the A.P.L., animal rescue groups, and neighborhood residents, the Great Dane was finally captured. Prior arrangements were made for the dog to be turned over to an animal rescue group. Many hours were spent of the past few months by Dana and other members talking to irate residents about the dog and our continued efforts to capture it.
Although it wasn’t a “law enforcement” crime-fighting issue, it greatly affected the quality of life of numerous residents who were greatly annoyed by the dog’s loud barking at night. This can be a reminder to us that our primary mission is to serve and protect persons and property in the Kent community, with the law enforcement function being only one function of the many required of us to serve the public. Congratulations are also in order to Lt. John Altomare for the skills he demonstrated directing “Operation Marmaduke”. Congratulations Dana for a job well done! “