Spring Lake Park has a new police chief! Following Chief Douglas Ebeltoft’s retirement last month after 32 years of service, Sergeant Josh Antoine was promoted to chief. It’s been previously reported that 12 police chiefs retired in 2020, and another 34 have retired so far in 2021. We know that serving in this role can be an incredibly demanding job, but we are so grateful for individuals like Josh Antoine who continue to step up and serve regardless of the current climate.
Tomorrow night, the Lino Lakes Police Department will host the first night of their “Explorer Program.” This program is for young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in learning about law enforcement and might be thinking about policing as a career down the road.
I wanted to share a heartwarming story this morning about the heroic and life saving work of our Minnesota State Troopers.
On Tuesday, Col. Matt Langer introduced Jenapher Blair to three of the five troopers who recently saved her life by making an emergency “blood run” after the delivery of her third child. After her baby girl was born, Jenapher faced emergency medical complications and required an immediate blood transfusion. However, Hutchinson Health Hospital did not have enough blood for Jenapher and the closest blood donation was 80 miles away.
As many of you may know, the first Tuesday in August is National Neighborhood Night Out, or “Nite 2 Unite.” I hope that you all enjoyed getting to know your neighbors better this past Tuesday evening. And I hope that you had a chance to get to know your local peace officers too! Across Minnesota, our law enforcement professionals took time to stop at all their local neighborhood events and meet those they protect and serve every day.
As many of you may know, St. Cloud’s COP (Community OutPost) House often provides phenomenal opportunities for St. Cloud Police Officers and other law enforcement personnel to meet and build relationships with local residents. This way, more of the work law enforcement does can be proactive and preventative instead of reactive after tragedies have already taken place.