BY SHERI TRUSTY
After 40 years of total service, 24 years working with juveniles and eight years as a School Resource Officer, Port Clinton Police Officer Ralph Edmonds is ready to turn in his badge. But first, he wanted to give one more gift to the kids of Port Clinton.
Last week, Edmonds invited the children of Port Clinton to visit with him at Scooter’s Dairy Bar on Fremont Road in Port Clinton, where he bought each one an ice cream cone. It was his last kids’ event before his retirement next month.
“This was one more way to tell the kids I care about them before I go,” Edmonds said.
His years of service inspired many children, including 11-year-old William Gorney, who wants to be a police officer just like Edmonds when he grows up.
“Officer Ralph took doughnuts to the school, and Williams was dressed up as a police officer because he wants to be a police officer,” said his mother, Kristy Belcher.
Gorney was happy he had the chance to visit with Edmonds again.
“He’s a nice guy,” Gorney said.
Reflecting on his years of service, Edmonds couldn’t pinpoint one moment that highlighted his career.
“What’s the best thing? Everything!” he said. “I’ve watched a whole lot of great kids grow up. They’re worth every dime. It’s been 40 years of having a good time.”
Although his retirement is a month away, Edmonds isn’t ready to think about what life will look like when he leaves. He’s simply focusing on enjoying every day he has left with the kids.
“I love this job,” he said. “I have no plans for after retirement.”