Mark M. Lapinskas: Saying goodbye with a heavy heart
To the editor:
It is with a sad heart that I write this letter. As most of you may have heard, I have been offered a law enforcement position in Hoonah, Alaska, and I have accepted that position. Our family will be relocating to Alaska, leaving the Little Snake River Valley in the first week of August. It was a difficult decision to make, one that took some time to decide.
During my time as chief of police for the town of Baggs, I have come to meet some very nice people in our region. People in the community welcomed our family with open arms and supported the local law enforcement mission. Thank you to the staff at the town of Baggs for making the transition into the position as smooth as possible. This show of support has been greatly appreciated. I also have worked as the chief of police part time for the town of Dixon. A special thanks to the community for your support and caring. For a small town, you have a big heart.
I was glad to work with other law enforcement agencies in the region, and I would like to publicly mention them: Craig Police, Moffat County Sheriff, Colorado State Patrol, Rawlins Police, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, Wyoming Game and Fish, (Ron, thanks for being there!) Wyoming Highway Patrol and Carbon County Sheriff. I thank you for your assistance and thank the officers in each agency for their diligence and support of the Baggs Police mission. There are some excellent law enforcement officers in this region, and I wish you best of luck in your careers. If I may be of assistance in the future, call on me.
I would like to take the time to mention the unsung volunteers in the Baggs Ambulance Service. All the EMTs and crew give their time without reservation to help those in distress. I have had occasion to work in concert with the crew and I applaud their efforts and professionalism, and tell them: Keep up the great work! Members mentioned it was great to have a police officer work with them. Thank you, it was my pleasure.
As a volunteer for the Baggs Fire & Rescue, I thank all of the members for their friendship and wish them good luck and much safety in their futures.
Again, thank you to all of the residents whom our family has come in touch with. We appreciate your friendship and hope to stay in touch.
Our experience in this area has been a memorable one and we will keep in touch with many people. We thank all of you for your kind words and your support. I was glad to play a part in providing professional public safety services for our region and I will have many memories to look back on.
With many thanks,
Mark M. Lapinskas and family
Chief of police
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