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The First Annual Reunion of The Lancaster Police Department

Updated on September 20, 2010

This hub is about a reunion, and not one of those lame “wish I didn’t have to go” high school reunions but a reunion of the few who served back in the day when revolvers were the normal side arm, phasers (tasers) were on Star Trek and computers were for NASA .

In 1990 the City of Lancaster finished the construction of the Municipal Justice Center and the old Police Department was bulldozed. I stood on the sidewalk next to my friend, Jimmy Balkcum, and watched them do it. Neither of us realized that things would never be the same.

This hub also gives me the ability to share the two videos I created for the reunion with former officers who did not get to come and any of my fellow Hubbers who are interested. Robert, Leon, Frances, Joe and Paul did a mountain of work before I got involved but, I made up the effort by creating two videos. It was a labor of love.

This first video is just a trip down the L.P.D. memory lane. For those of us who were there, it is interesting. For other folks, feel free to ignore it. It’s eleven minutes long so be warned. Of course, the music itself is well worth your time.


The second video I presented was a tribute to those officers who are no longer with us. I was moved by a Danny Gokey video and his song: I Will Never Say Goodbye. It was the inspiration to create the video. I built this one chronologically and started with old black and white photos of the police force in the 50’s and 60’s and then the Police Chiefs that are dead. The seventh one is Jimmy Balkcum. He was two months older than me.

Toward the end of this slideshow I have several pictures of Jimmy and me at the old range. We were both avid shooters and we spent tremendous amounts of money and time on guns. I think everyone appreciated the last slide in the presentation and it came as a surprise to many who were there.



The Organizing Crew, No Particular Order

Paul brings Captain Jones his tea.
Paul brings Captain Jones his tea.
Leon, the man!
Leon, the man!
Frances and Joe waiting on the fish.
Frances and Joe waiting on the fish.
Robert telling war story. Baby due next week!
Robert telling war story. Baby due next week!

I urge former cops from the LPD to leave a comment here. You don't have to sign up and you don't have to give your name. I'd just like to hear what you think.

Hubbers, you know you are always welcome!

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      Ronnie Sowell 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, Kathy. I did this a while back but decided to share it on Facebook yesterday.

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      Kathy 5 years ago

      Great job, Ronnie. Your videos are a fitting tribute. I remember a few of the faces.

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      Ronnie Sowell 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks artist-too!

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      artist-too 5 years ago

      Nice...very nice.

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      Renee S. Ahtes 6 years ago

      I'm so sorry I missed the reunion! Thanks so much for posting the pictures and hope to make it to the next one-I have pictures to share!

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      Ronnie Sowell 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, vet68, for reading and commenting.

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      Simply a beautiful tribute to your fellow officers. I'm sure you have a lot of great memories. God Bless my friend

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      Ronnie Sowell 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks to you guys at Garris Jewelers for checking it out and for fixing Mark's galsses today. You rock!

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      Garris Jewelers 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. We enjoyed the videos very much. Brought back some memories for us, too. We thought it was a great job!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      That's a great tribute to all your old 'mates' and thanks for sharing it with us!

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      Ronnie Sowell 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Lynda,

      There are pictures of me in the slideshows but I was young! I have email addresses for some of the folks and have sent the hub to them. Thanks for checking this out.

      Leon,

      Stop by the next time you are in town.

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      Leon 6 years ago

      I had a g r 8 !! time. The video made my day. Thanks Ronnie.

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      lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      How interesting. Why are there no pictures of you? Hmmm? Hope your colleagues find you here. Lynda