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Edmonds police prepare for 100th anniversary

The department seeks memorabilia to display and stories of former officers

  • The Edmonds Police Department is asking for help identifying the officer on the far left of this 1948 photo. The photo will be used in the department'...

    Edmonds Police Department

    The Edmonds Police Department is asking for help identifying the officer on the far left of this 1948 photo. The photo will be used in the department's upcoming centennial celebration.

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By Rikki King
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  • The Edmonds Police Department is asking for help identifying the officer on the far left of this 1948 photo. The photo will be used in the department'...

    Edmonds Police Department

    The Edmonds Police Department is asking for help identifying the officer on the far left of this 1948 photo. The photo will be used in the department's upcoming centennial celebration.

EDMONDS -- Edmonds police plan a centennial celebration next year, and police officers are asking for community input.
The centennial includes plans for a historical display at the police department, as well as an exhibit at the Edmonds Museum.
The centennial planning committee would like to hear from anyone with a family member who might have been an Edmonds police officer, or anyone who might be interested in providing a historical perspective about Edmonds police, Assistant Police Chief Gerry Gannon said. That could include anything involving former chiefs, former officers or past police-related events.
The police department is working with folks at the Edmonds Museum, who have donated some police memorabilia for the event.
Meanwhile, Officer William Nelson is going through old photos. Some will be enlarged and hung at the police department.
Nelson wants to identify all the men and women in the photos to make the displays more personal, he said.
So far, there's only one face he hasn't been able to identify.
The man appears to have been a patrol officer in the late 1940s. In the photo, the man is standing with other officers in front of a side-panel Chevrolet truck.
The other officers in the photo are Ray Rasmussen, Police Judge Ray Doty and Victor Holmquest, Sgt. Don Anderson said.
They haven't found the man in personnel records or newspaper accounts from the time, Nelson said.
"That one fellow on the left, as clean-cut as he is, I don't have a clue who he is," he said.
They believe the man may have had the last name of Fletcher, Gannon said.
Anyone who might recognize the man or otherwise wants to contribute to the centennial is asked to call 425-771-0200. The museum display and other events are planned for fall 2012.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.
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