Sharing camaraderie, a meal and a badge
Stories, laughs shared between current, retired state troopers
Stories, laughs and sandwiches were shared between retired and current Maryland State Police troopers from the region at the La Plata barrack Aug. 31.
Barrack Commander Lt. Jimmie Meurrens said the luncheons are all about camaraderie.
“Law enforcement is a big family,” Meurrens said.
Kim Bean, who is mar- ried to a lieutenant with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, has been setting up and funding these luncheons for different police stations for almost three years.
“It started with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and it grew to different stations, and then we added the state police in December,” Bean said.
Erin Johnson partnered
up with Bean to help organize and fund last week’s lunch for the La Plata barrack.
“We usually do it together and divide the cost,” Bean said.
The lunch was catered by Panera Bread, which included sandwiches, salad, chips, cookies and sodas.
“Half the time I will cook the lunches myself, but sometimes I will buy them, like today,” Bean said.
Bean said that she loves to cook and likes to surprise the stations with the food that she brings them.
“I will always let them know ahead of time when I am coming, but what I am bringing for lunch is normally a surprise,” Bean said.
“They get excited about it.”
Bean said that it was Meurrens’ idea to bring the retirees in on the lunches.
Meurrens said there was “a lot of history” in that room last week.
Ted Evans, who retired as a deputy superintendent in 1986, attended the luncheon with his son, Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans (R), who was also once a state trooper. Evans said he also has two grandsons who are state troopers.
“It’s in the family,” Evans said.
Larry Gibbs, of Calvert County, retired as the head assistant chief of operations in 1984. He said that this was his second time attending a luncheon at the La Plata barrack.
“We have to give our thanks to Lt. Jimmie [Meurrens],” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said that the retired troopers get together once a month for an “old troopers breakfast.”
“We enjoy seeing each other and telling each other stories we’ve heard many times,” Gibbs said laughing.
“Having worked with these guys and all that we’ve experienced, we have a lot to talk about,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said that many of the men, including him, worked as policemen during the race riots in the 1960s, so they have many stories during that time. He also mentioned that they worked as policemen during the “slot machine era,” which he explained that just about every gas station, store and bar had slot machines.
“That was a unique time to be in,” Gibbs said.
“The issues that the retired troopers went through are the same issues that troopers are facing now or will in the future,” Meurrens said.
Trooper Iman, who graduated the academy in July, along with several other troopers, got to chat with retirees and hear many of their stories for the first time.
“Listening to their stories made me realize how different things were and how much technology has advanced since then,” Iman said.
“History is important, we never want to lose that,” Meurrens said.
“I hope the retired troopers can see the legacy they left behind,” he said.
Retired Maryland State Troopers tell just graduated troopers about their experiences as policemen at a luncheon at the La Plata barrack on Aug. 31.
Current and retired Maryland State Troopers got together for a bi-monthly luncheon at the La Plata barrack Aug. 31.