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Officers praised for volunteer efforts
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Police Chief Bryan Denton lauded the service of the city’s Public Safety Unit at a recent meeting of the Board of Mayor and Alderman on Tuesday night, and incidentally issued a plea for more volunteers for the local unit, which has experienced a reduction in numbers.“The members of the PSU are here tonight, most of them are,” Denton told the aldermen. “I’d asked them to come because I just like to briefly recognize them and publicly show my appreciation for the job they do with us and to tell you how much I appreciate your continued support of these guys.”Denton asked the men to stand up and they received general applause from the mayor and aldermen and those assembled at the meeting.The men included Jimmy Whitman, Lester Cowell, Bob Molloy, Norman Elrod and Mike Baus. Not present at the meeting were Danny Bragg and Allan Jaco.“This group was formed in 2003 by the board that was in place then,” Denton said, noting the city is very particular about who they appoint to the PSU.According to the city, the primary purpose of the Public Safety Unit is to enhance the community by supporting local emergency services, fire, emergency medical and police, while making positive contacts with citizens.