2010-10-23 / Editorials & Letters

Writer thanks chief for recovery of tow truck

Kenny Munday of Kenny’s Collision in Millersport thanks Millersport Police Chief John Shirk’s for his persistent efforts over two months this summer that finally lead to the recovery of Munday’s tow truck. Shirk was in charge of the auto theft unit when he retired from the Columbus Division of Police. He used his experience and contacts on a search that went through five counties. His efforts eventually lead him to a wooded area off Millersport Road just north of Coon Path Road where he found the wrecker wedged between two trees. It appeared the truck had been driven into the brush and woods until the two trees finally stopped it. It was not visible from the road. After repairing the steering column and replacing the stolen battery, the truck is back in service. This theft is part of a larger investigation that could lead to multi-count charges. Beacon photo by Charles Prince. Kenny Munday of Kenny’s Collision in Millersport thanks Millersport Police Chief John Shirk’s for his persistent efforts over two months this summer that finally lead to the recovery of Munday’s tow truck. Shirk was in charge of the auto theft unit when he retired from the Columbus Division of Police. He used his experience and contacts on a search that went through five counties. His efforts eventually lead him to a wooded area off Millersport Road just north of Coon Path Road where he found the wrecker wedged between two trees. It appeared the truck had been driven into the brush and woods until the two trees finally stopped it. It was not visible from the road. After repairing the steering column and replacing the stolen battery, the truck is back in service. This theft is part of a larger investigation that could lead to multi-count charges. Beacon photo by Charles Prince. Editor:

I am writing to the residents of Millersport to let them know what a great police force we have in place.

In the past, I have had items stolen from my business Kenny’s Collison. Unfortunately, we’ve never had any of our stolen property recovered until recently. This past June, I had a wrecker stolen from my business. Our new Police Chief John Shirk investigated the crime. As time passed, I figured I would never see my wrecker again.

However, Chief Shirk never gave up on the investigation. He conducted interviews and spent many hours and weeks checking leads. Due to Chief Shirk’s diligence and bulldog persistence, he found my wrecker!

We are fortunate to have a chief with his kind of expertise and training. His responsibility to his job and the residents of our community is his top priority.

Chief Shirk has also increased the level of training and professionalism among all of the police officers on the Millersport force. Status quo is not how Chief Shirk operates. He continues to raise the bar for the training of his officers and the service they provide to this community. When you see them patrolling the town, checking radar so our children get safely to school, or monitoring traffic at the pharmacy, you can know that our community is in good hands. He has done this on a very small budget. He is frugal and uses the funds he has for the maximum efforts in protecting our families.

I am grateful for the great resources we have in our community. I believe, along with a lot of other residents, that our police force is one of those great resources. In a tough economic climate they continue to serve and protect our homes and families. I’m so thankful that they found my wrecker. I’m even more thankful that they continue to take care or our community with excellence and integrity.

Kenny Munday Millersport

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