My best to retiring Eudora Police Chief Bill Long, as he has done a great job for the community and has served us well.
And congratulations to Greg Dahlem as the new police chief. There could not have been a better choice. You will do a great job, Greg!
March 25 started off as a bad day for me, but little did I know how bad my day was going to get.
I was dropping off my son at the afternoon PEP class at Nottingham after having left my 3-year-old daughter at home with my sister and her daughter. Not worrying about time or having to rush back home, I decided to pick up some drinks from Sonic, and just took my time getting home.
When I reached my front door my sister curiously asked if my daughter was with me and I immediately responded with a resounding no. After frantically searching the house over and over and then the neighborhood with no success, I called 911.
Within two minutes I had what seemed like half of the Eudora police department at my doorstep and what appeared to be the other half scouring the neighborhoods. Anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes had passed since my daughter snuck by my sister and out the front door.
As you can imagine my heart was beating very fast and my mind racing with all of the terrible possibilities that could have come to pass. The concern and unwavering pursuit for my daughter was shown to me when they pulled up in front of my house with a scared but safe little girl.
It boggles my mind that complete strangers would care so much for the safety of my daughter. I cannot put into words the gratitude I have for the men and women that came to help my daughter and me. I owe a lifetime to all of you, and if there is anything I can ever do in return, just name it and I will do my best to do anything you ask of me.
I know there were some ladies not in a uniform that also came to help search for my daughter, and I thank you for your time and effort. I am so grateful to you all.
We appreciate the efforts of Mayor Ron Conner, the Eudora City Council, City Administrator Mike Yanez, Chief Greg Dahlem and the Eudora Police Department, City Clerk Donna Oleson and City office staff, City Superintendent Jim Boyer and City employees, our son, Jody, and our daughter-in-law, Brenda, and all our family and friends, for the very special retirement celebration given for Bill March 29.
We also appreciate the gifts, cards, phone calls and those who were able to attend the reception at this special time.
Bill and Teri Long,