Shar­ing ca­ma­raderie, a meal and a badge

Sto­ries, laughs shared be­tween cur­rent, re­tired state troop­ers

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By JESSI STICKEL jstickel@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JESSI STICKEL

Re­tired Maryland State Troop­ers tell just grad­u­ated troop­ers about their ex­pe­ri­ences as po­lice­men at a lun­cheon at the La Plata bar­rack on Aug. 31.

STAFF PHOTO BY JESSI STICKEL

Cur­rent and re­tired Maryland State Troop­ers got to­gether for a bi-monthly lun­cheon at the La Plata bar­rack Aug. 31.

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