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Bedford D.A.R.E. Officer Retires
Updated February 12, 2016 7:42 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - Bedford Police Major Steve Gilbert has retired after serving more than 30 years with the Bedford Police Department.

Maj. Gilbert's last day was Wednesday.

"Steve was dedicated to serving the citizens of Bedford, especially the kids," says Chief Dennis Parsley. "He is going to be dearly missed."

Parsley says Gilbert spent Wednesday morning and afternoon at the Bedford Middle School helping student cross the street and saying his goodbyes.

"It is bitter sweet. We wish him the best in his next endeavors, but the children of Lawrence County will miss him," Parsley says. "He had a special bond with them."

Replacing Gilbert as D.A.R.E. officer will be BPD Officer David Booth.

"He is attending training to take over the position," Parsley says.

The Department is now looking for a new crossing guard at 16th and O streets. The person would help children cross the street at the intersection and must be available to work both mornings and afternoons. Anyone interested in the position is asked to pick up an application at the police station or contact Chief Parsley.

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